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so.... its okay for women to speed then?
posted by cubby at 4:17 AM on July 25, 2007




Huh. I was just reading about this in a blog entry on The Age website. It's stupid and silly and if they'd try anything similar with women as the target it would have never aired.
posted by liquorice at 4:26 AM on July 25, 2007


Obversely all the young men who carefully go the speed limit, or less, all the time reach the intersections, at which point, the attractive young women standing there immediately strip naked and jump in their cars, and copulation ensues.
posted by nervousfritz at 4:33 AM on July 25, 2007 [2 favorites]


Was that obversion? Sorry for the digression.
posted by nervousfritz at 4:37 AM on July 25, 2007


Germany does the same thing. Here's a link to the campaign posters, featuring Philipp Lahm, Sarah Kuttner and Collien Fernandes.
posted by Glow Bucket at 4:44 AM on July 25, 2007


Silly, yes. Stupid, maybe not. I thought it was funny and could very well be effective.
posted by DU at 4:48 AM on July 25, 2007


Here's a thought: maybe they're speeding because it's fun, and your opinion on the matter, or how it reflects or does not reflect on the gravitational mass of their package, is in fact totally irrelevant!
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:49 AM on July 25, 2007


I don't get the 'omg chauvinism' comments. Surely this is simply targeted advertising at a demographic (young men) that is most likely involved in speeding/dangerous driving in urban environments?

A PSA recommending that people of a certain ethnicity get screened for diabetes is not racist...
posted by slimepuppy at 4:50 AM on July 25, 2007


I don't think there's anything wrong with targeting young men in these ad campaigns, I think that's imperative. My problem is their tactic.
posted by liquorice at 4:54 AM on July 25, 2007


What about all the soccer moms who speed 45 mph down our residential block where the limit is supposedly 25 mph. I always just figured they had small brains.
posted by caddis at 4:55 AM on July 25, 2007




In other unrelated news, tesla coils play mario bros.
posted by boo_radley at 5:18 AM on July 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


The young white males (with enough money to own fast cars) in these commercials have enough societal barriers against them already, please don't perpetuate the oppression by making a joke about their penises.
posted by DU at 5:19 AM on July 25, 2007


Did they check for a correlation on winky size?
posted by biffa at 5:19 AM on July 25, 2007


My mother drives really slow.

Oh my fucking god ....
posted by strawberryviagra at 5:22 AM on July 25, 2007 [8 favorites]



I don't think there's anything wrong with targeting young men in these ad campaigns, I think that's imperative. My problem is their tactic.


They're problem is tacticity.
posted by Mblue at 5:25 AM on July 25, 2007


there
posted by Mblue at 5:28 AM on July 25, 2007


I'll see your mario and raise you Bach.
posted by Skorgu at 5:29 AM on July 25, 2007


So, if you have a large penis and you know it... well, apart from clapping your hands... that kind of makes it okay to speed.
posted by psmealey at 5:49 AM on July 25, 2007


This is completely idiotic, IMO. People don't speed to impress each other. They do it because it's fun. No ad is going to change that.
posted by delmoi at 5:52 AM on July 25, 2007


It's not the size of the car, it's the motion of the car.
posted by ardgedee at 5:58 AM on July 25, 2007


so.... its okay for women to speed then?

Well, it does mean they have a clit the size of my little finger, apparently.
posted by LordSludge at 6:02 AM on July 25, 2007 [2 favorites]


The jury's still out on the ad campaign for me, but to everyone saying that speeding is done for fun and never as an ego display, I have to disagree strongly. Maybe you've been lucky to live someplace where that behavior isn't common-place, but you are just wrong, wrong, wrong.
posted by invitapriore at 6:04 AM on July 25, 2007


Even if speeding were just about 'having fun' some people might have less fun if they were mocked for doing it. Some activities become less fun when it isn't seen as 'cool'. As for whether equating speeding with a small twinky will have that effect....

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go pick my nose.
posted by Green With You at 6:09 AM on July 25, 2007


Do they mean speeding, as in travelling much faster than is safe given heavy traffic and poor weather conditions, or speeding, as in supporting revenue farming by the local or state government?
posted by gimonca at 6:09 AM on July 25, 2007


I expected to see link to this.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:18 AM on July 25, 2007


I would speed, but I'm just too busy clapping my hands.
posted by bradth27 at 6:20 AM on July 25, 2007 [3 favorites]


People don't speed to impress each other.

Teenagers do. If you don't believe me, I can take you to several housing estates in the UK and Finland where the whole point of speeding is to show off your car, your driving ability and to impress women. Blue lights under your car doesn't make your car faster, they make people notice you.
posted by slimepuppy at 6:24 AM on July 25, 2007


An ad campaign where the "big idea" is the old "big fast car, small penis" saying. wow. geniuses. and all executed with the groundbreaking slo-mo technique. The Filter in MetaFilter doesn't really work anymore, apparently.
posted by keepoutofreach at 6:26 AM on July 25, 2007


People don't speed to impress each other. They do it because it's fun. No ad is going to change that.

A lot of people in this thread seem to think the "small penis" thing is supposed to be a rebuttal (heh) or something. "Your speeding seems to indicate you have a large penis, but you are wrong, as proved by my waving pinky."

This is not how it works.
posted by DU at 6:27 AM on July 25, 2007


I can see speeding for fun or ego display if you have a car that's designed to either go fast or look flashy, but I speed in my busted ass Honda Accord (which is a far cry from a babe magnet) to reduce the overall time it takes me to get a place.

If I'm driving ten minutes to the store for groceries, I'm much less likely to speed than if I'm driving five and a half hours to see my girlfriend. For me, driving fast is more about efficiency than showing off.

Then again, maybe I'm just in a rush to get there so she can assure me that my small penis is adequate.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 6:27 AM on July 25, 2007


Life would be better if men were simply not allowed to hide their dicks in the first place. The weeniest amongst us wouldn't be able to do stupid shit to convince the world otherwise, and the king dongs wouldn't have to. Not to mention the advanced warning of his real feelings about you. Cocks out for utopia!
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 6:33 AM on July 25, 2007


I've never in my life seen a female do the things in the ad (burn rubber, do donuts and burnouts, etc.). Sure, I've seen them go faster than the speed limit but never the other stuff. I've seen countless males do it.

People don't speed to impress each other.

This mind, it boggles?
posted by dobbs at 6:39 AM on July 25, 2007


DU, I think that's because you can't say 'don't be a dick' on TV. And 'I'm not impressed by your speeding' doesn't quite have enough impact. You have to come up with other ways of attacking the most vulnerable part of the young male speeder: their ego. And the quickest way to a young man's ego is through the genitals. So to speak.

Also, before I get more involved, I think this is a stupid campaign. Then again, I find most of the 'let's kill people in brutal and surprising ways to get the point across'-campaigns in the UK make me laugh. Nothing like adverts with a body count...
posted by slimepuppy at 6:40 AM on July 25, 2007


A PSA recommending that people of a certain ethnicity get screened for diabetes is not racist

Not a great analogy, b/c diabetes has a genetic component, according to your argument, and speeding is an elective activity. And fun, too. But I'm a female person so I'm exempt from all responsibility and advertising in this matter. Also I can cry myself out of a ticket.

Tangentially, the motorcycling community's "loud pipes, small dick" campaign has not resulted in any appreciable reduction in the decibel level.
posted by scratch at 6:40 AM on July 25, 2007


No, admittedly it's not the greatest analogy, but this is to do with targetting majority groups and accurate representation of the entire reality doesn't enter into it. Would this advert work if, for the sake of equality, there was an elderly black woman driving the car? Because there have been accounts of elderly black women electively speeding they should also be represented and spoken to.

The majority of this behaviour, as has been stated several times upthread, is down to young men.
posted by slimepuppy at 6:46 AM on July 25, 2007


Yep, that would be it. Your speeding gets you there 30 minutes earlier? If you had a bigger penis then I'm sure you'd want her to wait in anticipation of your arrival.

Based on local news reporting in Australia*, there is a significant problem with young men killing themselves and their passengers while driving recklessly. Stupid, stupid, stupid...

PSA's are always a bit of a shot in the dark. It's a long slow slog to get a message across and if this one hits the mark in some circles, good.

* Not that local Australian news reporting is all that good.
posted by michswiss at 6:53 AM on July 25, 2007


So, how's that "make 15-year-olds develop PSA campaigns" initiative working out for Australia?..

Are there plans to, er, "go the other way" for a campaign warning women not to speed?
posted by clevershark at 6:54 AM on July 25, 2007


How does this affect people who can't drive properly at all? You know; Asian people. They already have small penises so I can't see how this will change their habits.

[NOT RACIST BUT INCREDIBLY INFLAMMATORY]
posted by longbaugh at 7:12 AM on July 25, 2007


It doesn't matter how fast you're going, if you're in a Vette, it's naturally assumed you are a balding hipster named Vic, whose tiny schween is dwarfed by the giant gold medallion worn around your neck.
posted by davelog at 7:19 AM on July 25, 2007


Are there plans to, er, "go the other way" for a campaign warning women not to speed?

Women who speed have big vaginas?
posted by solipsophistocracy at 7:27 AM on July 25, 2007


I've never in my life seen a female do the things in the ad (burn rubber, do donuts and burnouts, etc.). Sure, I've seen them go faster than the speed limit but never the other stuff. I've seen countless males do it.

Hah, not that long ago I was waiting at a light where shortly after the light the road narrowed to one lane. Next to me a rather elderly grandmother type in a Mustang. I figured it would be no problem to beat her to the merge, that is until I heard her tires chirp off the light, and at the gear change and away she went. I just kept thinking "Little Old Lady from Pasadena." It didn't really matter that she was ahead of me as at that speed she was not going to slow me down.

Admittedly, the noise making maneuvers are more often performed by those targeted in the ads. However, inattentive moms (and dads) speeding in their SUVs and minivans are probably just as big a danger if not more so.
posted by caddis at 7:42 AM on July 25, 2007


Inattentive drivers are a bigger danger than speeders. At least the latter have a chance to anticipate and avoid a a collision.

Unfortunately, a Minimum Attention Level is impossible to enforce, but hey we got these neat radar guns...
posted by LordSludge at 8:10 AM on July 25, 2007


What's the internationally recognized hand signal to indicate a vagina like a 747 with a landing gear problem?

Inattentive drivers are a bigger danger than speeders.

These are not mutually exclusive categories. People speed and fumble for cigarettes and drink coffee and talk on the phone and adjust the radio all at once. The thing is, those inattentive idiots are much safer to everyone else at 55mph than they are at 80mph. There's no reason to stop regulating all dangerous driver activities (including one of the most dangerous ones) just because you can't regulate some of them.
posted by pracowity at 8:26 AM on July 25, 2007


I can't believe no one has done this yet...

Metafilter: Cocks out for Utopia.
posted by drezdn at 8:50 AM on July 25, 2007


"I Can't Drive 55" for reals (and Speed Racer-style).
posted by kirkaracha at 8:59 AM on July 25, 2007


Don't speed, or don't drive like a hoon?

So, what is this one of those things that equates going fast with being unsafe?
posted by Relay at 9:36 AM on July 25, 2007


What's the internationally recognized hand signal to indicate a vagina like a 747 with a landing gear problem?

perhaps this?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 11:09 AM on July 25, 2007


I don't know about international recognition, but Curb Your Enthusiasm's wide V shape made with both hands would probably do.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 11:25 AM on July 25, 2007


Some people think that adding a spoiler, or loud exhaust, or even stickers will help them to speed faster. Personally, I think it's just the better weight balance I get from leaving my cock draped over into the passenger seat. YMMV
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 2:25 PM on July 25, 2007


Women who speed have big vaginas?

What is the universally accepted hand gesture for 'chuff like a clown's pocket'?
posted by biffa at 2:13 AM on July 26, 2007


Alternatively - shout "Abracadabra" whilst tugging on your shirt - hey presto!

A Fanny* Like A Wizard's Sleeve

*UK usage applies.
posted by longbaugh at 2:19 AM on July 26, 2007


Inattentive drivers are a bigger danger than speeders. At least the latter have a chance to anticipate and avoid a a collision.

Bullshit. What pracowity said, plus the types of (invariably young, male) drivers I see every day, that tailgate you one second and blast two lines over and back in pursuit of an opening are far from attentive. They give themselves the opportunity only to anticipate their own actions, and cannot correct in time if granny or someone panics when they see this person coming at them in the rearview. People like these guys create havoc, and I'm glad to let them through, but the whole reason you practice defensive driving is precisely you are sharing the road with people may not be as talented as you* are, and not have your lightning fast reflexes.

* And you are probably not that talented at driving.
posted by psmealey at 3:20 AM on July 26, 2007


Err... if you're having to use your reflexes to avoid a collision, you've already screwed up.

Don't get surprised; don't surprise other people.
posted by LordSludge at 6:09 AM on July 26, 2007


Err... if you're having to use your reflexes to avoid a collision, you've already screwed up.

How true.
posted by caddis at 7:21 AM on July 26, 2007


It is true, but that's essentially what I was saying: people that habitually drive like maniacs seem to THINK they have the reflexes and skills (and presume that others do as well) to avoid trouble. They don't.
posted by psmealey at 7:31 AM on July 26, 2007


I understand, but you're talking about somebody who drives too agressively AND doesn't pay attention -- worst of both worlds.

Driving fast and/or aggressively, by itself, is fine IF* you don't get surprised and don't surprise other people.**

But this is impossible to enforce, so we blindly ticket those who speed, even if it's a wide open road with miles of visibility, because we can -- because we DO have tools to measure speed.

Myself, I drive fast and aggressive.*** I also drive very cautiously.**** The two aren't mutually exclusive.

* IF = big "if"!

** Note that this implies that you slow down and/or ratchet up the attention level -- leave more margin for error -- in situations where unexpected things are more likely to happen, e.g. residential areas, city streets, active construction zones, etc. Tailgating pisses me off too; it's a prime example of putting yourself in a situation where you can easily be "surprised".

*** Amateur road racing is a major hobby of mine.

**** Never had a wreck, not one. ...er, on the street, that is. I have indeed tasted concrete on the track! (Tastes like expensive.)
posted by LordSludge at 9:15 AM on July 26, 2007


This seems more like an anti stunting PSA than anti speeding.

dobbs writes "I've never in my life seen a female do the things in the ad (burn rubber, do donuts and burnouts, etc.)."

In the many years since I first got my licence I've seen a much greater proportion of young women driving whilst a male is the passenger. Along with that the antisocial driving behaviour of the young and stupid fearless. I had a pair of young ladies in a 69 Roadrunner 6Pack 'vert pass me and a few others on a double yellow just outside of Lake Louise this weekend. This despite my own adder on the posted limit.

LordSludge writes "I have indeed tasted concrete on the track! (Tastes like expensive.)"

Very similar to the taste of gravel.
posted by Mitheral at 5:48 PM on July 29, 2007


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