This Allstate commercial has been airing for a while and I’ve been meaning to call it out for being very stupid:
Rough transcript of the relevant part:
Woman: Remember when you said men are superior drivers?
Woman: Yeah. Then how’d I get this Allstate safe driving bonus check? So weird, right?
Do you see the error? Of course you do. You read this blog. If not, try this instead:
Woman: Remember when you said men are taller than women?
Woman: Yeah. Then how is it that I’m tall? So weird, right?
You see it now, right? Men can be better drivers EVEN IF this particular woman is also a good driver. Stats about populations are true on average, not literally true of every person in each population. It’s basic statistics and common sense, both of which this female character doesn’t seem to know or have.
(Re the underlying question: Freakonomics has a comprehensive review that shows that women get into more accidents per mile driven but men’s accidents tend to be more serious.)