Because portraying violence against women is so edgy, doncha know?

Warning: the image in the linked article may be triggering for some readers.
Stickers you can put on your luggage to make it easily identifiable? Good idea. Silly stickers like blocks of cocaine or dildos? Juvenile and likely to have Customs paying you more attention than you’d really want, but if you are silly enough to use them, then you deserve what you get. A sticker showing a bound and gagged female flight attendant in your luggage? Well violence against women is so edgy and politically uncorrect and cool ya know. No, actually I don’t. So you want to stand out from the crowd? Wear fluoro t-shirts or dye your hair bright purple. You don’t have to offend and potentially trigger harmful episodes in people around you to convince others that you really are a wanker. Want to be able to easily identify your luggage? A non offensive sticker, or a bit of ribbon or string tied around the handle does the same job and it’s cheap and unlikely to offend anyone or trigger them, or call undue attention from Customs.

From the website (warning: the photo link for the suitcase stickers is the airline stewardess)

Take a stand against monotonous travel with Suitcase Stickers. Designed to stick to anything, they will draw attention to your bag making it easily identifiable and sure to make you some new friends.

Caution: Some of these stickers may cause offense to airport and immigration staff. But you would have figured that out whilst enjoying those cavity searches.

Categories: gender & feminism, media, violence

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5 replies

  1. Grrrrr.
    That fits in with two things I saw today that got my goat:
    (1) [TW for self-harm] A t-shirt in a shop window with a cartoon (I didn’t look closely at that). Above the cartoon were the words “I wish my lawn was EMO”, below the cartoon were the words “so it would cut itself”.
    Because joking about self-harm is as edgy as the portrayal of violence against women …
    (2) [TW for general violence] Vodafone ads (first noticed a week or two ago, but one jumped out at me today) which say “a big punch in the face to big bills”.
    Because solving everything with violence is the way to go …
    I do not like what these things say about our world. The Vodafone ad is less egregious in some way, because at least it is not violence aimed at a specific group, like the stickers in your post. BUT it shows what we find acceptable in ads, so in some ways says more about our society than the t-shirt.

  2. Way to label yourself (double entendre intended) a complete and utter attention seeking sad git. (Of the overprivileged and too much money variety.)

  3. Oh, gross.

  4. A work colleague has a sign in the back window of his car that says “No fat chicks”. I want to get a sign for mine that says “No bigoted arseholes”, but I don’t think they make those unfortunately. I wonder if I can get a luggage sticker that says that instead?

  5. I still don’t quite get how the degradation of women can be such a socially acceptable thing to do that you can just waltz about in public announcing your enjoyment of it. Like those porno stickers on people’s cars – but I think this might be taking it to a whole new level. Good lord, what an achievement for misogyny.

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