I said to myself just the other day:
'Imagine if the Costa Concordia had been shipwrecked by a woman?' - instead of the pathetic Captain Schettino - who is now a national hate/fun figure in Italy.
If so, the internet would have been full of jokes about women drivers - for sure.
Which made me wonder - how many women are actually in charge of sea going vessels around the world?
I'll bet you it's a much lower than the number of women driving trains in the UK.
Despite the fact that women are, generally speaking, safer drivers - they're not always well represented in the plum driving jobs which is a bit strange - as if a hidden hand is at work, keeping them out.
See previous posts dated 2 and 11 January 2012: 'More Women Drivers' and 'What Women Want'.
Anyway I digress because the point is that the latest edition of Private Eye makes a good joke on the subject - a political joke and not a sexist one.
The caption on the front page says:
With a big picture of Captain Schettino at the helm of his ship - and a speech bubble which says:
"My wife was driving at the time"
Now that is funnny!
We'll know the outcome later today - when the Director of Public Prosecutions announces the findings of his investigation - into another 'my wife was driving incident'.
For readers who don't follow politics too closely - the UK government's environment secretary - Chris Huhne - is accused of trying to escape justice by having his wife claim responsibility for driving their car - when the politician was caught by a speed camera.