Wicked Campervans–an Australian budget travel company/professional trolling company–is under fire for the charming slogans scrawled on their fleet of vans. The slogans, which don’t really qualify as advertising since they have exactly nothing to do with camping, hardly qualify as jokes either. They’re more like misogynistic sayings:
“In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once”
“A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done”
“Fat girls are harder to kidnap”
“To all virgins: Thanks for nothing”
“A blowjob is a great last minute gift!”
“I wouldn’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die!”
“Save the whales, harpoon a Jap”
“Men have two emotions–hungry and horny…If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich!”
What depresses me the most is that apparently plenty of customers have no problem with being associated with these “jokes”–they’re willing to not only give their money to the company but rent and drive around in these vans. That’s a sad testament to how socially acceptable this kind of blatant, inane sexism really is.
Here’s a petition calling on the company to drop the slogans. A few years ago, under pressure from animal rights activists, they did remove some stickers advising people to run over kangaroos. So here’s hoping misogyny is treated as seriously as animal cruelty.
Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.