Over one-third of Femcanic Garage’s 1,500 Instagram followers are men and according to Blasiman, “The men are some of the most active participants, especially when it comes to bragging about their wrenching or painting wives. Overall, the feedback I’ve received has been very positive and I’ve actually gotten more feedback from supportive men stressing the need for more women in the automotive industry. The men who follow #femcanic are definitely allies.”
Still, the negative connotations surrounding the idea of feminism continue to be difficult to overcome. Blasiman admitted, “I’m actually not 100 percent comfortable saying I’m a feminist. I’m still exploring what that concept means to me and how this podcast factors into it all. I feel like this is an important journey.”
Femcanic Garage is also a journey into how Blasiman views the automotive industry. “Through this podcast, I’m learning that society also defines the automotive industry in a very limited way. Most people think mechanic or painter, but there are so many different ways to get into automotive—glass, interiors, tires, welding … it’s endless. It’s even becoming a STEM field now due to the computers in cars.”
“We often limit ourselves to mechanical work and collision repair—that’s the typical mindset—but you can get to it through so many avenues. There are a lot of options out there,” Blasiman stressed.
For women who are interested in automotive, Blasiman encouraged, “Listen to some podcasts, do a little research, challenge yourself to try some tinkering alone or with a friend. Explore all the options.”
Access Femcanic Garage podcasts at femcanic.com and follow #femcanic and #ImAFemcanic on Instagram.