Going by the statistics and facts, RC is a male dominated hobby. RC
appeals to guys, and a handful of girls, but generally speaking (if by
“generally” we mean 99%+) this hobby is filled with dudes. Dudes who
love to spend money on RC, tinker, build, wrench and race RC cars.
tend to enjoy other hobbies, and while there are always exceptions, the
ladies out there not only avoid RC but also tend to hate it. I’ve seen
bumper stickers that say “RC WIDOW” for a reason. If you’ve spent more
than one weekend at a track or at a bash park, you’ve heard guys talk
about how their girlfriend hate RC. This isn’t true 100% of the time,
but in general, women tolerate RC more than they support it.
several decades in RC, I figured I would take a stab at why some RC
girlfriends and wives find RC as appealing as a Star Wars movie
marathon.* RC is expensive
live on budgets, when an all-consuming hobby like RC comes into your
world, the monthly budget can easily be blown to bits. Guys who are
normally responsible with their money may suddenly become
binge-spenders, dropping $100 here, $300 there, until the monthly RC
bill nearly equals the monthly mortgage. Many guys even go so far as
to hide all of their RC purchases from their wives (you know someone
who does this, don’t you?) There’s a reason for that–some girlfriends
& wives look at RC as a colossal waste of money…money you could be
saving, or better yet, spending on them
.* RC is messy and dirty.
men, we tend to love women for many reasons, not the least of which
being they are prettier, cleaner and tidier than the average guy. Many
women want their guys to clean up well, dress well, and eat well.
Soooo, that’s kinda the opposite of an RC racer. RC guys have dirt,
grease and oils all over themselves after a day at the track. RC guys
dress like they’re stuck in high school, in ragged t-shirts and
oil-stained shorts. And let’s not even start on the average RC guy’s
track food. A chili dog is often the healthiest thing you’ll find in
the pits. We look and smell like we picked a fight with a shop full of
auto mechanics after a day of RC. Small wonder your girlfriend doesn’t
get all snuggly when you get home.* RC takes up a lot of your time.
is the big one: when you’re into RC, there’s little else you’d rather
do. RC consumes your thoughts. It consumes your wallet. And it
consumes your conversations. Some guys use RC as an escape from their
significant others, and this only compounds the problem. Want to make
your girlfriend insanely jealous? Start racing RC cars. You’ll spend
more time wrenching, racing, practicing and hanging out with your
racing pals than you will with her, and that’s almost guaranteed to
flip jealousy switches in her head you never knew existed.* RC racing makes no sense.
guys, we tend to be simple minded…ie, dumb and stupid. Sorry, it’s
true. Try answering these common girlfriend questions and then try to
tell me we aren’t somewhat dumb. “Do you win money if you win an RC
race?” No, no money, but some tracks offer ‘race bucks’ which can be
applied to more…umm…RC purchases. “Is the trophy really nice?” Not
exactly, it usually looks like a participation trophy at the
kindergarten field day. “Did you get to drive your car all day?” Eh,
not quite–but I did run two 5-minute qualifiers and TQ’d!* RC makes us act like children.
I haven’t offended everyone with my generalizations yet, maybe I will
now–RC can make grown men act like children. When else would a 30yr
old man watch out his window all day for the UPS delivery guy? When
else would an adult male lie about his whereabouts or money, unless he
was actually doing something really
bad? When else would a
grown man scream like a child or get in a fight over a toy car? The
last time most of us did these things is when we were children. RC can
make all of this stuff happen again…in your 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. Women
tend to find this type of behavior appalling. Can’t say I blame them,
Yes I already know–plenty of you have girlfriends and
wives who don’t mind RC at all, and are supportive of your fun. That’s
awesome. Pat yourself on the back, because you’re in the minority.
Ref. - http://www.rccaraction.com/blog/2011/08/09/why-your-girlfriendwife-hates-rc/