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la femme stygian: the crosshair staregunn on March 4th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
I'd be insulted if I wasn't laughing so hard.
The mechanics would then contact the women directly to invite them over.

Abra SWcloudscudding on March 4th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)

Oh, mercy me, poor little me wanting to open the hood of my car? Whatever for?
Yud: crazieyud on March 4th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I love how their idea of "low maintenance" is a car with its hood welded shut. Since you can't physically open the hood to do anything, it obviously wouldn't ever need you to open the hood. And empowered women shouldn't bother with trying to replace air filters or change the oil on their own, only guys ever do stuff like that. Empowered woman therefore should just rely on guys to do things like that for them.

*still laughing*
Hillarysusanofstohelit on March 4th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
yeah. I would *never* buy a car that I could only get fixed at the dealership.
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la femme stygian: the crosshair staregunn on March 4th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
They meant Fommon Fense.
elfdope on March 4th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
I love the lines, but the doors are stupid. So what happens when busy with 2 kids going to grocery store mom with kung fu grip parks in the Rainbow Foods... oh who am I kidding this is a volvo... Whole Foods parking lot, and two gas guzzling SUV's pull in too close because they are monstrous. How the hell is 2kgtgsmwkfg going to open the doors. Luckily she won't have to worry, because she brained herself on them when she got out. Those doors ain't made for tall women.

The Pony Tails thing is also extremely stupid. Bunch of short people who actually can use a head rest.
XCorvisxcorvis on March 4th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Head rests are made for you tall bastards. Us short folk can't lean back because the stupid things push our heads forward.
la femme stygian: rorschachgunn on March 4th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Much sexier. Prefer to empower myself with these.

thismuchmetal on March 4th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
Badgers, badgers, badgers.

I thought of you when I saw this.... You gotta see it.
The past is prologuenemoren on March 4th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
So once again we have cars-for-women, differentiated from "cars," which are obviously not-for-women.
Good thing I still have my banana-seat bike.

This is so not the day to brooch corporate sexism with me.
masui on March 4th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
Good thing I still have my banana-seat bike.
Yah, I understand you are quite the bike rider.

The past is prologuenemoren on March 4th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Good thing I still have my banana-seat bike.
Hey, we don't get rid of nothing around here.

...I don't know what riding has to do with it.
masui on March 4th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'd just like to point out that the article never once said that the mechanics in question are specifically men. They use a gender neutral term- "The mechanics."
Isn't it interesting that everyone who has read the article has assumed that because women would go to gender neutral mechanics that it means they are going to men?
What, there aren't women machanics?
Not that it makes the article any less insulting, really. Just thought I ought to point out everyone's subconscious bias.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on March 4th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Some of our biases are not so subconscious.
What is the ratio of men to women mechanics you've ever met in your life? I've met one female mechanic (who only did oil changes) to about 35-40 male mechanics. I take the position that if you do not assume that the majority of mechanics are not men, then you are putting on rose-colored glasses to see the world. There are places that only hire women mechanics, but I won't go into the sexism inherent to that.

I also think a technology that is naturally divisive like this is damaging to people of all genders and classes. What if you can't afford to take it in to have it fixed, but know how to fix it yourself? This kind of technological "time-saver" means you can't do a fucking oil change by yourself, for crying out loud.
Doomutilitygeek on March 5th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: Some of our biases are not so subconscious.
About half the time, when I go into the dealership to get my car maintenanced, the person running the front-end of the shop is a woman who generally appears as though she's been doing maintenance, but not anything particularly grungy. That is, she's not been rolled in grease, but does appear to have been working on cars.

Once, I saw someone whose coveralls and general appearance indicated that she was a mechanic. She was also hot.

Which begs the question, if I can meet hot mechanics an hour or so away, why can't I meet interesting women here in town? Maybe they all moved away to work on cars.
masui on March 6th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: Some of our biases are not so subconscious.
oh I think this car thing is bollucks, don't get me wrong.
I was just saying, you know.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on March 4th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
I empowered a woman thirteen times this weekend.
Doomutilitygeek on March 5th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
You changed the batteries in her vibrator for her thirteen times?
Angel needs no wings - just a duster & a hackysackcanth on March 6th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
OK..first of all, that is the stupidest looking car i've ever seen.

Second of all, if empowering women means they have to have "common sense spelled with an F" kinds of cars, these women must all work for George Dubbleyah. Cause, in his words, "It's your money, you payed for it" Hyu HYUK!!

Lastly, Utility's last response to Mal was fucking priceless!