I’ve come to accept that politicians are always campaigning and that they are always looking for ways to get into the media spotlight. In fact, as one song put it, “Most politicians have one mission: say or do whatever it takes to get your attention.”
In today’s story, we have ample proof of that statement. See, a Democrat delegate to Congress is pushing for gender equality in the most bizarre place that you can even imagine: crash test dummies. I’m not kidding (hat tip to here for the lead). Dom Calicchio writes,
The world of auto crash-test dummies is apparently male-dominated – but a Democrat in Congress is hoping to change that, according to a report.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting representative of Washington, D.C., says the lack of female crash-test dummies means that vehicle collision risks for women are not adequately studied, according to the Washington Times.
Norton serves on the House Transportation subcommittee on highways and transit. She called for Congress to introduce legislation regarding her concerns.
“Women have achieved equality on the road when it comes to driving but when it comes to safety testing to keep them safe on the road, they are nowhere near achieving equality,” Norton said in a statement, according to the Times.
“Crash-test standards are incredibly antiquated and we must update these standards now, especially as more people return to their daily commute in the next few months.”
To be fair to Holmes Norton, safety studies around car accidents may, in reality, heavily review data for men. I don’t know. On the other hand, I’ve never heard any data indicating that women are more likely to be seriously injured in a car accident than a man, and if they aren’t, then why would we assume that the current safety testing guidelines aren’t adequate?
Unless you’re trying to get attention by pandering in a really stupid way to leftist causes. In this case, that would be feminism and the idea of oppression of women.
That’s right, Holmes Norton thinks that women are oppressed due to too many male crash test dummies. Not that I think that any male crash test dummies will be fathering any children anytime soon.
Don’t these people have something productive that they could be doing?