When I was 20, I tried to buy a car from a second hand car dealer. he wouldn’t let me buy it because it was a manual, and I’m female. I asked to test drive the manual, to show I could drive – he refused, and tried to get me interested in an auto. I advised him that if he didn’t let me look at the manual car, I’d buy a car from his direct competitor. He reiterated – women should only drive automatic transmissions. I went across the road and bought a manual car from his competitor, as promised.