Tuesday, March 02, 2004

The Vagina Mobile

The first female designed concept car is soon to debut, and I'm sorry to say that it seems like it plays to every cliche you'd think.

Its paintjob is effectively "scotchguarded". It doesn't have a hood. It automatically plans tune ups at the shop by wireless devices. It has gull wing doors.

I like some of the ideas; they are common sense. But some of it just seems like a parody. Of course, it's a Volvo, so it's bound to appeal to strictly Western upper middle class female tastes; more a product of culture than gender, naturally, but aren't all cars?

On the other hand, even though its design's origin is so constricted to class/culture rather than gender, it's still nice to see women breaking through another barrier. Autos, especially the designing and engineering of which, have always been considered male territory; in a way this is just as significant as Sally Ride.