Drivers' Corner - Layover CB Shop

I know the title makes it sound like I am going to complain about women truck drivers. Sorry guys, I'm not. I'll bet your second thought was, what exactly does that have to do with CB Radios? Actually, the two have quite a bit to do with each other. In case you missed last month's article, Stan is taking a break this month and is kindly allowing his wife (me) to write this article. I can almost hear it now: "Figures, another wife complaining." Wrong. I actually have less to complain about than most wives. But that's a completely different subject and another article.

If you stop to think about it, what is the first thing that happens when a woman's voice is heard on the CB Radio? You got it! The trash talk and vulgarity starts about her personal "attributes" and her "loose morals." Can you imagine if some of the unsuspecting female drivers could hear how they are talked about? If the CB was a stationary work environment, the harassment lawsuits would abound. Fortunately, it isn't and we have the freedom to pretty much say and behave any way we chose as individuals. The problem, however, is that a few bad apples always spoil the bunch and every truck driver gets tarred with the same brush.

Personally, I can handle the trash, but it is nice to hear someone call me by name and defend me when they hear my voice and some moron gets vulgar. I have held my own with many different individuals that thought they were going to intimidate me. But for some women, it is very intimidating and uncomfortable to be subjected to this type of behavior. In certain environments you should expect a little harassment and a woman needs to stand up for herself.

However, the flip side is, men should be aware that all women on the CB are not "loose" or "man haters." They should tailor their conduct as such. Not to say that some of us don't enjoy an occasional verbal sparring session with a man who is not our spouse or significant other.

Truck drivers are a different breed from the average 9 to 5 population. Their office view changes hourly and their co-workers are almost never the same for very long, if every again. The only constant is the noise coming out of that metal box on the dash. Their only contact with people other than their dispatcher is on the other end of a microphone. So, it stands to reason that a female voice would create a stir on the radio.

I hope you enjoyed the break from Stan this month and the next time you hear a female voice on the radio, say hello without the sexual overtones. You might be pleasantly surprised. Of course, I might have a bias opinion since Stan and I first met on the radio and then didn't meet for almost four months. We are now happily married and will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary in July.