While in so many ways this is an order of magnitude worse, I would note some minor similarity to heading to the car lot to buy a vehicle while female. MarleyK wrote a piece a while back about shopping for a pontoon, I believe, in Florida, and how the salespeople treated them. Same thing. This is so offensive to read you just want to take a shovel to someone's face. Honestly.

Some years ago while I was living in Australia, I was learning to fly ultralights. I had a male friend who joined me once when I visited a different hangar. As he and I walked around one of the aircraft, all the blokes ignored me completely and asked him all manner of questions about his piloting skill. He wasn't a pilot. I was. To his credit, he shut them up by pointing to me and saying just that. They were gobsmacked. Had I been a POC iIcan't begin to imagine their response. Same kind of thing, but again, your experience is worse by far.

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