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How inherited prejudices can lurk in us all

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17.05.2019

I was driving home from work today when a nun in a Ford Territory, cut into my lane in front of me.

My heart dropped assuming that my speed would likewise go south. Then I checked myself and wondered where this prejudiced view that nuns drive slowly came from.

It is possible it was a bit of implicit sexism and a smattering of ageism – ie little old ladies drive slowly and nuns are little old ladies. That wasn’t it. It was my father.

Where do we get our views about slow drivers?Credit:

Driving nuns were always a cause of quite irrational rage in my father. Perhaps where I was brought up in Royal Leamington Spa there were convoys of nuns training to be hearse drivers? More likely it was yet another example of the long list of things that would induce near apoplexy in the man.

These days we might call them........

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