Fun with Feminist Flickr: Yes, more graffiti edition

Advertisement of car that says If it were a lady it would get its bottom pinched.  Graffiti next to it reads: If this lady was a car she'd run you down

Every time I feature some sort of graffiti, an argument erupts in comments about whether defacing public property is something that should be lauded – but this is one of my favorites, so I couldn’t help myself. (You may have seen it before, it’s been around a while.) And really, our public spaces are defaced all the time with sexist consumerist nonsense like this ad…so I’m not against taking them back.

Picture via lucindalunacy.

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  • feministnc

    Great pic! Plus, in my book, ‘public’ spaces should be open to more than just paid advertising, given that if it’s paid then it’s not really public, but rather only open to those that can afford it. What can be more ‘democratic’ in a radical way than to intervene, comment, and subvert what consumer capitalism tries to feed us? Contrast this with a vision of the market as neutral and democracy as a form of organization that must not mess with the market… Efforts to restrict/criminalize graffiti are usually associated with conservative ‘law&order’ movements. Not to make too much of graffiti, but in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling I can only wish someone comes up with a graffiti equivalent for political campaigns!

  • Lilith Luffles

    You’ve got to be cruel to be kind, I say. If someone violates my safety via stereotyping and generally “oking” an action I do not welcome, I have a right to violate their little message telling the world that it is ok to do so!
    Anyway, the law isn’t always in favor of the most ethical or moral action.

  • that girl

    Mentally, I usually file these things under ‘Civil Disobedience.’ It’s a weakened version, since I assume the artist was not caught, but if she is, I hope she will accept the consequences graciously. It’s all about showing that the cultural norm/the law is worse than the punishment.

  • FLT

    This wonderful thing has been around so long that I picked it up in Liverpool, England in 1986 as a post card I never mailed–I’d have to part with it. It’s still in my scrapbook. Which no one is interested in anymore, so I just look at in in secret every once in a while.

  • Devoted_Toucan

    Very, very cool.

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  • Holly from the Rural MidWest

    I posted this image on the blog for my Introduction to Women’s Studies class (the class blog, by the way, is mostly links to The image is funny and clever–just what I need to get students hooked.

  • Shaun

    “If it were a lady, it would get its bottom pinched.”
    Question: Are they TRYING to get sued? Or did that ad fall though a time warp out of the 1950s?

  • Nepenthe

    I doubt it had to fall through a time warp, considering that it’s a vintage ad.

  • Velderia

    Epic! :D