I traveled into the heart of conservative America to visit family over the July 4th weekend. Here are a few snapshots I took.
1. Treating women as objects:
This is so unfathomably bad I don’t know what to say. What dumbass advertising executive green-lighted this crap?
2. Reinforcing gendered hierarchies:
You’ve probably seen these before; they usually appear on the back window of a minivan (that’s where I found this one). Sometimes they say “Our Family,” or something similar. Notice that the dad is placed before the mom, and the boys are placed before the girl? This might make sense in some cases if they were ordered by height, but the mom is slightly taller than the dad and the girl at the end is taller than the boy next to her. The lesson to be learned? Men first! Women second! (I guess I should at least be happy that the girl is not after the dog.) In addition, note the caricatures: girls wear long hair and skirts—men wear short hair and pants.
3. And the award for “Most Disturbing” goes to:
It is hard to see what’s going on here (my cell phone camera leaves much to be desired). This is a firework with Osama bin Laden’s picture on it; it’s called an “Exploding Bin Laden Noggin.” One of my beloved family members has modified it by taping a picture of Barack Obama’s head over bin Laden’s. The lesson to be learned? Obama is Muslim, like Osama? Perhaps he’s a member of Al Qaeda? It’s fun to symbolically blow up Obama’s head? Seriously: this is a creative alternative to burning Obama in effigy.