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Only Girls, an all-female garage, opens in Paris

02 Jul

With two female mechanics on staff, the business is especially targeting women who apparently feel ripped off when they go to other garages…

Only Girls, which opened in May in the suburb of Saint-Ouen-l’Aumone, caters to women who feel they’ve been sold short and charged long by mechanics in traditional auto shops.

“When you’re a woman, it’s like you’ve got ‘sucker’ tattooed on your forehead,” says Sandrine Hautenne, one happy 42-year-old customer.

“One time, I went round to three different garages, and got three different estimates. Since then, I’ve sent my uncle to get estimates and – guess what? – the prices have dropped!”

From cam belt to brake pads, customer Sandrine got a 15-minute run-down on her car from a female mechanic. “If it had been a man, he wouldn’t have explained any of this to me,” she says.

[…]

Its waiting room is more akin to a beauty spa than traditional garage, with mauve-coloured wallpaper, hardwood floors, flickering candles and velvet sofas.

And they include such things as a beauty corner where customers can get a manicure or a massage while they wait; a children’s playroom, and, reading at their website, also a café with beverages and sandwiches…

Ugogirls!

Though:

Only Women sets its gender aims high, for customers and staff – but in at least one respect it is still traditional: its manager, Hdachi, is a man.

Ha! I guess some things never change… 😉

*Update: Evil Weasel has some interesting commentary on this; check it out.

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Brave New World Order

 

29 responses to “Only Girls, an all-female garage, opens in Paris

  1. Elusive Wapiti

    July 2, 2014 at 6:27 am

    ““If it had been a man, he wouldn’t have explained any of this to me,” she says.”

    A guy can’t win. If he does as suggested above, he’s mansplaining. If he doesn’t, he’s short-shrifting his female customers.

    Best to luck on their business model, though. Wait, don’t they engage in employment discimination based on sex! Sexists!

     
  2. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

    “A guy can’t win. If he does as suggested above, he’s mansplaining. If he doesn’t, he’s short-shrifting his female customers.”

    Indeed…

    “Best to luck on their business model, though. Wait, don’t they engage in employment discimination based on sex! Sexists!”

    Indeed; surely that violates French and/or E.U. law!

     
  3. Feather Blade

    July 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    But can they actually fix the cars?

     
  4. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Presumably, passably so. 😉

     
  5. Alex Neo

    July 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Feminism does not mean all women, and most women are not lesbian separatists. These female only business models have been tried numerous times before and every example I can think of has failed. The average women just isn’t a bigot, unlike the average feminist.

     
  6. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Indeed.

     
  7. Agapoula

    July 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I like the idea of the female only space. I do not understand that they get ripped off for being a woman. But maybe in France it is different?

    But as a supporter of male only spaces and female only spaces, I think it could be good thing.

    But also, I do not know how to drive a car. And I also do not think I would trust a woman to fix my car if I could drive.

    But if it was NOT a garage, I would support it being a female only space, as men should have their own spaces too.

     
    • Will S.

      July 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I have no objection, either; I just find it funny – and I’m surprised about the getting ripped off; I thought France prided itself on its egalitarianism…

      I think male-only and female-only spaces are both good things, and always have thought so.

       
  8. Agapoula

    July 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I went to a garage with my brother in Law last month, we were there all day because my brother in law had car trouble on the way to Paphos which is the other side of the island.

    And I am no feminist, but I still did not feel comfortable. It was such a male space,and it was not appropiate woman to be there. The mechanics were very hospitable, but I still felt I want to be at home cooking, not sitting in a garage. :/ .

     
  9. Agapoula

    July 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    But let us hope for their cars.. 🙂 . Hahahaha .

     
  10. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    That’s why only men should take their cars to garages – and why every woman needs a man. 😉

     
  11. Agapoula

    July 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Getting ripped off is probably a poor excuse.
    If anything, I think are more likely to lower price for a woman.

    As it has been my experience in fishermonger, vegetable market, and many other stores. Most men have a little chivalrous nature in them, even if they do not think they do. They are usually willing to help women. Women are more likely to be give discount than a man is.

     
  12. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Maybe Cyprus is just still that much more traditional than France; I suspect so…

     
  13. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    *Update: Evil Weasel has some interesting commentary on this; check it out.

     
  14. infowarrior1

    July 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    The problem is male only spaces are sexist according to western culture. Even bear grylls got the heat for his show:
    http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/shortcuts/2014/apr/29/bear-grylls-tough-challenge-stop-making-sexist-television

    Female spaces good male space bad.

     
  15. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Predictable…

     
  16. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Remember, even the “man cave” as an exclusively male space is “unacceptable” to bitchez…

     
  17. infowarrior1

    July 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    It all seems like a way to emasculate men and deprive him of his virility. Women who isolate males from his male friends ensure his balls belong in her purse.

     
  18. Eric

    July 3, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Infowarrior:

    Correction: the ‘sexist’ label only applies to heterosexual males. “Gay-Male-Only spaces” are perfectly acceptable.

     
  19. Will S.

    July 3, 2014 at 12:57 am

    @ Eric: Are they, though? Can you imagine what would happen if a gay bar tried to ban lesbians?

    Pretty sure they’d not be able to get away with it.

    Lesbians’ perceived interests outrank gay males’, in the current PC pecking order:

    https://patriactionary.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/update-on-the-gay-sperm-donor-to-lesbian-mother-case/

    And feminist ideology trumps the rights of gay fathers to have their voices heard / presence seen, as we’ve seen:

    https://patriactionary.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/pro-mens-rights-groups-not-welcome-at-torontos-gay-pride-parade-of-course/

     
  20. Eric

    July 3, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Will:
    True, lesbo rights trumps male homo rights. What I actually meant though was that gay men are free to discriminate against straight men.

     
    • Will S.

      July 3, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Oh, sorry; misunderstood you.

      Of course!

       
  21. superslaviswife

    July 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    The reason a lot of only-women businesses fail is because the focus becomes on the women, not on the business. A number of female-started or mostly-female businesses do fine, because they encourage den-mother mentalities and allow men where a man would do a better job. And usually they’re in fields women actually care about, like make-up, natural healthcare or clothes. Hence the large number of women.
    Meanwhile, many “all women” businesses fail because they try and make a business entirely ran by women in an industry “without many women in it”, which is usually code for “few women actually care about this, so good luck collecting a qualified, efficient and engaged workforce”.
    That said, maybe the garage will work. Especially because certain small businesses do sometimes charge a girl a little more (especially when she’s dressed like a girl or clearly clueless) and there’s the appeal of honesty and cheaper rates. But maybe it will fall through because of an unwillingness to employ good male mechanics, even if they were to give them a list of flat rates to adhere to. The idea matters more to them than the execution.

     
    • Will S.

      July 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      It will be interesting to hear – if we do – how it all pans out for them…

       
      • superslaviswife

        July 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        Definitely. I’m seriously torn between those two alternatives. Middle-grounds aren’t realistic for businesses like that.

         
  22. Will S.

    July 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    No doubt…

    The fact that the manager is a man means they aren’t completely all-women, despite the rest of their staff and their marketing, so that will be a factor…

     

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