Who pumps the gas? Man or Woman? Why?

United States
February 9, 2007 3:59pm CST
I know several women who absolutely refuse to put gas in their vehicles. They claim that pumping gas is the man's job. (either their spouse, boyfriend, or father) Now, I will admit, I prefer that my husband do it, but I can and will put gas in the vehicle if needed! My mother is 72 years old and has never touched a gas pump! What do you guys think?
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Personally speaking, I pump my gas, if a man wants to it's fine by me, But I don't have no issues doing it myself.. I can be prissy when I wanna be, but I'm ain't too prissy where I refuse to pump gas... No offense but...I believe in my independancy and will get out there and do what I got to do...I am not going to sit and wait on a man to do something for me that I can do myself especially something so simple as putting a pump in a gas tank...
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@CRiley27 (984)
• United States
9 Feb 07
We live in a state where it is illegal to pump your own gas (NJ) I would have no clue what to do if I had to pump my own gas. When hubby and I travel out of stste, he is the one to do it though. :)
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Wow, I learned something else new today on myLot. I didn't realize that it was illegal to pump gas in NJ! What is the rationale behind that law? So you likely pay more for gas, so that the stations can pay the attendants?
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I think it is because of drive offs. When my dad visited NJ, he wouldn't let the guy put the gas in his motorcycle. He had a new Harley and would not risk someone not being careful. The man let him pump the gas but he stood there like a hawk and watched him.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I don't know what the reasoning is behind the rule. It may very well be the drive off. What I did notice was the price was actually lower than in nearby states. Of course that was many years ago, it may have changed since then. I had pulled up to the pump, turned off the car, got the gas cap off, turned on the pump, and was actually pumping gas before the kid got out there. This was in the evening, not dark, but more like twilight. He may have been doing something else that needed done. He came running out and was saying something like "You can't do that here." I asked why not? He told me it was illegal for me to pump gas in the whole state.
• United States
9 Feb 07
Well, it's like this...I WAS pumping my own gas, but then I became aware of my husband not wanting to help out with "women's work". So, I told him that he would be the one pumping my gas in the car, because it's "man's work", until he learned to pick up a toilet brush!
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• United States
10 Feb 07
HA HA HA. You go girl! Love it!
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Heheh that's a good way to handle. He wants to think of some jobs that way then dang it he should be doing the "man's" work.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think me being raised in a gas station pumping gas for other people says I am used to pumping gas. LOL I can't imagine why a woman would not pump gas. It is not a manly thing. It is a pump that you stick into the car hole and squeeze a trigger. Not too hard there. LOL Of course, if my partner and I are together, I will let him feel in charge and let him get the gas. But I have never had a problem doing it myself. And when we were both working, I would normally be the one to get gas because he forgets to look at the gauge. LOL
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I didn't learn to pump my own gas until I was 19 or 20? I had to learn because my boyfriend--husband now--went off to the military. But now I don't think twice about stopping to get my own gas. I just needed someone to show me once and I was all set. I would never had made the 20 hour trip to Gulfport Mississippi on my own, if someone wouldn't have shown me. Or it would have made for some long deployments waiting for my husband to get back to pump my gas for me...LOL
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
9 Feb 07
We use seperate vehicles for the most part so we pump our own gas. If we are in the same car then it's usually whoevers driving at that time that gets the gas simply because the gas cap is on that side of the car.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think everyone should pump their own gas, if possible. I would love to have someone pump mine for me...lol But I always have to do it myself. I always say "if you want to dance, you have to pay the piper" So if you're going to do the driving, get out there and do the pumping..lol I don't think it's a man or woman job...it's a who need the gas job.
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@hereim (61)
• India
10 Feb 07
i wonder y differenciation..any1 can pump it
• United States
10 Feb 07
I think it should be both ways thats like saying a guy should never have to cook a meal or do things like dishes and laundry. Times have changed you see more women doing "mens" jobs and vise versa
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Well, I've yet to pump gas because I've yet to actually drive a car, lol! But I see absolutely no problem with pumping gas, whether you are a man or a woman. I am female and will definitely pump my own gas if I ever get my driver's liscence and a car. I had no idea that there were even women who refused to do it. I think that it's amazing that your mother is over 70 and has never touched a gas pump! *laugh* Not that it's good or bad, just amazing that she's managed to get by without ever needing to, like being stuck when there were no men around to do it! ^_^
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Yup, 72 and never pumped gas. My father has always done it, for both his car and her car! She recently quit driving, which saddens me. It is going to be hard to watch them age. My father still drives and they are fairly active.
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@smints8985 (1595)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have just started driving like for 3 weeks now I think. And I have never ever touched a gas pump since the other day. First reason is that I wasn't driving before so I don't do it, and second, in the Philippines where I came from we have service personnel in the gas stations, it's not self service so nobody pumps their own fuel..
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
10 Feb 07
My husband just always does it. I have never ask him to. He just always does. I never really thought about it but I see as many women as I do men pumping gas. I have done it before and always did it when I worked. I would fill up the tank on payday before I went home.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I pump my own gas, because I drive my own car. What would I do if I waited for someone else to do it? I'd be standing at the side of the road stranded. My Mom is 80, and regularly pumps her own gas. It's cheaper than full serve, and no big deal. I don't know any women who don't pump their own gas.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
10 Feb 07
We usually drive sptarate cars also so I don't have a problem getting my own gas. I am a big girl. But if we are together my husband always does it.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I pump the gas if I'm driving when we need gas, my husband does it if he's driving when we need it. He pumps the gas more often since he drives the car more. I don't mind pumping the gas. I don't think it should be a man's job or a woman's job...nothing should.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
My husband does it all the time. He drives most of the time too. If I had to drive, or put gas in, I would. But for 30 years he has been doing it, and that is fine with me. Blessings, M&M
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• United States
12 Feb 07
yes, my wonderful husband takes both cars and fills them with gas. However, I can and would pump if I needed to.
@Bizziebod (3526)
10 Feb 07
Oh my! How do these women get on if they go away on their own? I really don't mind putting it in my car, but then again if I didn't no one else would lol!! I've never really thought about it before but I suppose there are women out there who don't like to do it! Great discussion!
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• United States
12 Feb 07
exactly, how will they no what to do if stranded or do not have a man nearby!
@crickethear (1420)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Well I live in Oregon, so we can't pump our gas, so it depends on who the station hired.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
wow, so Oregon has the same law as New Jersey?! Wow.
@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Before I or my sisters were allowed to even take Driver's Ed,we had to know how to check our own oil and transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant. We were taught how to jack the car up and change a flat tire, safely. We were expected to be able to inform Dad if anything didn't seem to be quite right, and at least be able to explain what it was that didn't seem to be right. We were also expected to put gas in it, if needed. My Mom never put gas in her own car until she was forced to, when Dad passed away. She was actually instructed by a service station attendant in the proper way to do it. She would still pull up to a full-service pump, usually. When I informed her that she was paying 30 cents more per gallon to have them do it, she promptly started pumping her own. The reasoning she gave was that she had better things to pay for than to pay someone to do something she could do herself. She kept right on doing it until she gave up her license to drive. Does anyone else have a comment on this subject?
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Wow, that is awesome. I really think that more women should know more about the vehicles that they drive!
@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Personally I prefer my husband pump the gas in the car, but I don't see anything wrong with women pumping gas. I just feel lazy to comeout of the car, that's why I ask my husband to do that. Actually I don't have to ask also, he knows I don't like to get out so he directly go to pump gas. When I am driving alone, and need gas then only I do myself.
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
10 Feb 07
whose ever driving the car does it. which in my case is my husband, but if i'm driving, i'll do it because if i am driving my husband isn't in the car. simple as that. i don't mind pumping my own gas. when i was young i did, it was fun. of course back in hawaii you actually have to stand there and hold it, here in california they have that thing where you can just start it and leave it and it would stop on its own. that does make it simpler. but when i pump i still stand there and hold it...its habbit.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
10 Feb 07
With us it just depends on who is using the car at the time. I do prefer my husband to do it, that way I don't have to get the kids out while I go and pay for it.
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