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Not all teens are boy racers

The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice on gender equality in car insurance rates has been easy fodder for opinion columnists.

Each journalist has touted a purportedly self-evident truth - that this ruling will force others to pay for the recklessness of young drivers.

'Boy racers' is a term that has been bandied about with little regard for the impact it has.

True, there are some who drive too fast and drive recklessly.

But when 'boy racer' is used as a convenient catch-all term, it immediately labels all young men who drive as such.

It perpetuates a stereotype that young men are inherently selfish, inherently reckless and inherently dangerous human beings.

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