posted on Jul, 16 2006 @ 12:46 AM
In the field of sociology, this would fall under the basic heading of reification.
Yes, we determine insurance rates by looking at statistics that demonstrate that men are more likely to be involved in collisions. Some people then
determine that men must be worse drivers than women. I don't think this is true.
I think men are more aggressive drivers than women. Although it is a generalization, on the whole, men are more aggressive than women in many facets.
We train boys from their childhood to be aggressive. Men commit more violent crimes, men are more likely to succeed at committing suicide, men are
more likely to engage in aggressive competitive sports. I think that for the most part, we socialize men into aggression. Is it any wonder that such
aggression might show up in the driving habits of men? I think it is only logical that it would. This aggression behind the wheel then translates
into higher rates of collision.
In a cycle of reification, we push men into an aggressive role and then act as if it was just their nature all along. We teach men to be aggressive,
then later punish them for it in many ways, including charging them more for driving insurance.