Originally Posted by jongleur
When checking in and out of Mexican ports
my partner always went in to do so. She's
(very) tall and blond and the men
the offices treated her (very) well. We never
had any of the problems we heard about from other
It's a case where sexism can be used to one's
advantage. (appropriate emoticon here)
We have used a similar process over the years travelling by road in Mexico
. You can definitely work latino machismo to your advantage. In a similar vein I avoid interactions with short law enforcement people because I stand 6'7" - short man syndrome is alive and well among border guards and cops.
I think I am more guilty of agism than I am of sexism but I am likely guilty of both. When dealing with any service
provider it is possible for both men
and women to experience disdain and rudeness. I keep my expectations low and most of the time I am not surprised. Occasionally though I run into exceptional service
and often from the most surprising sources. I think it is often the case that the level of respect you receive from service providers depends on the appropriateness of your dress. Overdressing or underdressing can lead to disdainful service depending on the establishment. Show up at a mechanic
in a suit and tie and he won't generally respect you. Similarly, show up at an accountant or lawyer's office wearing coveralls and he will (usually) treat you with disdain. It may not be right but its the way the game
is played. You may think you can change the world one interaction at a time but its not the hill I want to die on.