I just walked by a bumper sticker that irritates me every time I see it:


So… all married women are bitchy, controlling tightwads who keep their husbands on a short leash? Riiiiiight.

If there were a bumper sticker insinuating similarly nasty things about a religion or a culture or disability or ethnic background, it would get people all riled up. But snide assumptions about half the population? Like most people even notice.

The other day I was in a store, one of those amusing places that sell Shakespeare action figures and handmade pottery and batik cloth and fun but pointless games. They had a little basket of bumper stickers, most of them about peace, compassion, loving the earth, sharing the road, and hating George W. Bush. So far, so good. But they also had a solid collection of stickers like the one above, trying to be funny by relying on a strong dose of misogyny. I mean, really? They love the earth and want all people to get along, but it’s ok to make fun of women?

It doesn’t make any sense to me.

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