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    Friday, May 05, 2006

    90 Lb Woman Driving in Her SUV

    I'm sure you've probably heard about this by now, but if you haven't, the title of this post is also the title of a song written by a Connecticut couple about small women driving SUVs and, as much as I wish people wouldn't drive SUVs, it really bugs me that this song is getting so much love. I mean, is it worse for a small woman to drive an SUV alone than for a big guy to drive an SUV alone? And, if your first instinct is that it is worse, or at least funnier, I think you're sexist and sizist.

    If anyone has an excuse to drive a gigantic car, it's small women who feel threatened all the damn time and want to be able to get behind some huge automobile that will shield them and make them feel safe. Should we small women drive SUVs? Not if we can help it. But we shouldn't be the scapegoats.

    6 Comments:

    Blogger spotted elephant said...

    Thank you thank you thank you.

    It's so funny because we can be huffy over the SUV, so no one notices we're targeting small women.

    SUVs shouldn't even be used for carpools, they're too inefficient with fuel. So hate SUVs, hate our govt for never lifting a finger to deal with sustainability, but get over the misogyny.

    2:35 PM  
    Blogger ms_xeno said...

    Wow. I haven't heard of this. Just as well, really.

    The crowning irony is that if you're in a small car struck by an SUV, whether you weigh 90 lbs or 200 lbs doesn't mean diddly. You're toast. >: Which means that everyone who chooses to drive an SUV is bluntly prioritizing their own safety (so they think;SUV's being prone to roll-overs and all...) over those they encounter on the road. SUV's are the ultimate declaration that it's every man for himself-- regardless of whether the driver is male, or what they weigh.

    But I guess that's too hard to work into a song, so let's pick on women !! Yay !!

    2:44 PM  
    Blogger Sly Civilian said...

    best use of an SUV i've ever seen involved a woman that i wouldn't put at much past 90 pounds.

    in twin cities, there's a pretty big somali population, refugees and second generation. so i'm driving in northeast (a more "diverse" part of town), and i get passed at pretty high speeds by a black expedition that's quite tricked out. i catch up at the light, and look over. a somali woman, in what looks like a full jelaabib (three piece covering, looks a fair bit like the iranian chador).

    She's grinning from ear to ear, and quite clearly has never had more fun in her life. The man in the passenger seat must have been praying the Islamic version of the Hail Mary, and was digging his fingers in to hang on for dear life.

    i just laughed, and she sped off and i couldn't keep up.

    4:27 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Sly Civilian,

    That could almost make me forgive her for driving an SUV. Priceless.

    12:56 PM  
    Blogger Spc. Freeman said...

    I dunno if this is so much a gender thing, as it is a commentary on the Freudian obsession with the size of our vehicles as a culture. Since I've been living in Germany, I've seen smaller cars than I thought could possibly exist. I drive a used mid-size BMW, and by comparison my old beater is a land-barge.

    Oh, by the way, thanks for the link :)

    4:27 AM  
    Blogger tattedlady said...

    I'm sorry but I totally disagree. That lady is driving her SUV for POWER.. and she doesn't give a S**T about anybody else. She is on her phone, with kids in the back, while driving a projectile weapon. She can run over most cars since her grill is about level with my windsheild. Please don't call me anti-feminist either.. I've been a feminist since before you were born more than likely

    4:38 PM  

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