Mother Claims Gas Pumps Are Sexist Because They Hurt Her Small Hands


If you’re a female have you ever noticed that when filling your car up your hands seem to hurt a bit more than they should? Well, this mom seems to think there is something behind this kind of thing that might be a bit sexist. 

Melanie Morgan a 31-year-old lady who lives in London claims that she believes the ‘petrol pumps’ hurt her hands because they were likely designed ‘by men with men in mind.’ While this might not sound like much of an issue, the topic is making headlines. Melanie claims she got so tired of the pain pumping gas in their larger vehicle that she is no longer doing it and instead her husband is doing it. 

Melanie told The Mirror a UK news site that this in itself was ‘everyday sexism’ as she struggles to grasp the handle at the pump when filling up their Ford Toureno Independence. This something that really does seem to strain her small hands. If you’re a female, have you ever had this issue? While some pumps do have automatic locks on the bottom so that you don’t have to keep holding them down, not all do.

“I have fairly small hands. I’m short, I’m 5ft 3, so I’m fairly small generally but I imagine there aren’t many men who have the same size hands as me.”


“When I was younger I remember thinking ‘ooh this is difficult’ but then it’s also something you’re new to doing.”

“But as an adult now who does it regularly it suddenly occurred to me on one day that I don’t think most people find filling their car painful, most people don’t have to think ‘this doesn’t work.’”

“I’d assume there’s some kind of reason that it needs to be the broadness it is around that point and you have to pull it in tight, of course, but I think it’s a classic overlooked issue.”

“No-one’s going to complain about it and those who tend to design things like that I assume are typically male engineers.”

“My partner fills the van up now, and started doing it in October, so I don’t have to deal with it.”

“It’s enough of a problem that I just don’t want to deal with it. I’ve never timed filling up the van but I know when I’m filling it up I’m waiting for it to end.”

“When I was younger I thought I had small hands, but as an adult, my hands are no bigger.”

“I’d come back to the van having got out and filled up and when I got back in I was flexing my hand, like when you’ve been writing a lot, and I was like ‘ooh actually that quite hurts.’”

“I said this to my partner and he kind of laughed it off and I said ‘no it really hurts, you have to grip it really hard when you’ve got smaller hands.’”

While Melanie doesn’t know if this is a widespread issue it is an issue for her and I guess she does seem to have a point. Were gas pumps in general designed with men in mind? Are there some people present in this world who are unable to accomplish as much or does it hurt their hands as well? While no one likes having to stop and get gas the concept of it actually being a bit of a literal pain for some could be a little concerning.

What do you think about all of this? Do you think that this is an example of everyday sexism or are you not convinced? I for one am a bit on the fence.




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