Posted by: Ophelia | April 30, 2008

Say it isn’t so

Florida moves to ban fake testicles on vehicles.

Senate lawmakers in Florida have voted to ban the fake

bull testicles that dangle from the trailer hitches of many trucks and cars throughout the state.

Motorists would be fined $60 for displaying the novelty items, which are known by brand names like “Truck Nutz” and resemble the south end of a

bull moving north.

The bill’s sponsor doubted it would succeed.

“It’s probably not going to make it through the process,”Baker said on Thursday. “It won’t be much of story in a few days.”

How about some confederate flag nuts?

Truck Nutz. Nuts…for your truck.

A quick google does show that there’s all kinds of companies producing these things, I even saw a pair in camouflage to “support the troops” wish I was kidding. Seems a little funny that they’re up in arms over seeing dangly balls attached to rear ends of trucks when they don’t mind the ubiquitous mudflap girls. I guess its different when it’s a male body part. Nonetheless, no one seems too wedded to the banning, and I’m sure the various businesses that provide nuts/nutz will stay in business.

Funnily enough, while I’ve seen plenty of people defend them as nothing but novelties and in no way connected to a proclamation of masculinity, the comments to the video compare removing the truck nuts to castration. I wonder if the defense against the ban will go along with the “just a novelty” camp or the “don’t castrate our trucks” crowd.

There’s also a Virginia delegate who pushed for their banning, and he discusses it below.

It’s funny to see men sneering at the concerns of other men because “it’s just a novelty item” usually that’s something reserved for women with concerns about the portrayal of their bodies. Here, men too are being shouted down for failing to enjoy the commodification of parts of their body. It’s surreal.

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Responses

  1. I’m pretty sure there’s car novelties shaped like a woman’s breasts for the rear view mirrors. I don’t hear these people too upset by these novelties.

  2. “In a spirited debate laced with double entendre, Senate lawmakers questioned whether the state should curtail freedom of expression in vehicle accessories.”

    So does that mean that they would probably believe that those female-shaped urinals, the female-shaped bicycle, and all the other (and there are many) dismembered female body part items are just freedom of expression? I wonder how they’d do if a bill was proposed about some of those…I am very curious.

    It’s really interesting that the bill’s sponsor has so little faith in it. Makes me wonder why he even bothered going with it in the first place.

  3. I think they should ban them because they’re goddamn stupid. But that’s just me.


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