Friday, November 13, 2015

Day 2220 - Don't kill the stick figure families

Do  you have a stick figure family?

I don't have a stick figure family, but if I did it might look like this

Everywhere you look there's another stick figure family.  If you've never seen one, then clearly you live under a rock.

The stick figure family is a vinyl declaration to anyone following your car that you are proud of your family.  It's a way to show the world who your clan is and that the car you're travelling behind is full of wonderful adventures with these people.  It's an insight into your values and what you hold dear.

Or something like that.




I personally don't have a stick figure family.  I declare enough about my family on Facebook, the blog and to anyone who'll listen so I don't need to declare it on the back of my car.

But I get why people do.  It's a way to personalise things.  To say "Hi, this is us".   A way to say "I'm part of something special".

There's been a lot of talk about it. Some people think it's narcissistic; others say it's a way to conform to a cultural belief that life needs to look a certain way; others say it's a Facebook-esque need to show a perfect life and yet others say it's simply to say "Hey, we exist".

It doesn't matter why people want to display their family in stick form on their back window.  It's a representation of the people they love the most and I respect that.

Which is why I am absolutely astonished that anyone would murder another person's family.

Even if it is only in stick form ...

I've seen this sticker on a number of cars recently

Yes, I know, it's a parody. Yes, I know it's meant to be funny. Yes, I know, it's only about stick figure cartoons and it shouldn't bother me so much.  But when I follow a car with a stick figure scenario such as a 4 wheel drive plowing down a husband and wife and their kids I do wonder "why so aggressive"?   I wonder what is going on in that person's life that they'd laugh about the idea of killing an entire family.   Is this an insight into their values?

I've also seen this one when stuck in traffic - even the baby is about to be slain

Even the mere thought of a family member being killed is enough to make me curl up in a ball and start rocking in the corner.  But an entire family purposely mowed down simply for being proud, happy and together?

I came across this one on line

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  It's not real.  But for those people who display their stick figure family, maybe it feels like it is.

Do you have a stick figure family?

What does it mean to you?

Perhaps you like the stick figure parodies?

Talk me through it ...



32 comments :

  1. I love the stick figure parodies...I'm creepy I guess ;) I just think they're funny....I had heard that the baby on board was so paramedics needed to look for a baby that was sometimes thrown clear in an accident (mothers would wake up in hospital only to discover no one had realised the baby had been left in the bushes somewhere). I thought the stick figure family was maybe some variation of that....I don't really get the stick figure family. Mine would be Zombie or Star Wars tho....

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    1. That's an interesting fact about the "baby on board" signs. I like the Star Wars stick figure families too.

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  2. Lol!

    I can't afford a stick figure family! Those things are like $8 each and I'd need 8! I'd rather spend my cash on a Tardis sticker for my car. (Or the Dr Who version of My Family.)

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  3. I'm not a fan of the stick figure family stickers, so my solution to that is I don't have them. Pretty simple. I find those response stickers to be in really poor taste, actually. I understand they are meant to be funny, but what's funny about hanging someone's whole family?

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    1. I know right?! I don't get the humour at all ...

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  4. Goodness. That's taking things a bit far isn't it?! I've never seen any of those and I hope I never do. I'd be very scared of the driver of the car. I think the stick family stickers are cute, but my husband is anti them ...not crazy psycho anti them though.

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    1. Yeah, I think they're cute too ... I don't have them ... but they're cute

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  5. I haven't seen those stickers before and quite honestly I don't want to see them. They're not funny at all! If people want to put them on their car let them without judgement or being issued with suckers like these on other cars.

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  6. I've seen a few of those nasty stickers around and they make my skin crawl. I don't particularly like the stick figure family stickers but those response stickers take it too far. Not funny at all!

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    1. My skin crawls too. I wonder if their intention is to make our skin crawl? I shudder ...

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  7. I love the stick figure parodies! I prefer the intelligent/nerd ones like Star Wars or something over a chainsaw wielding murderer though.

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  8. Wow, really! Those are so wrong! I don't mind them, I don't have them but the retaliation is a bit much isn't it?!

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  9. I don't have a stick family but admit that I take note of what is on the car... I laugh often

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  10. I wrote a post AGES ago about the Stick Figure Family and ways I had thought about messing with them, so every since anytime there is a new version or parody out, I get sent photos and links to them by people wanting me to lose my stack again. Haha. I love them all. I think they are a huge wank, but I love them. The good, the bad, the creepy. All laughable and way more interesting than the frangipani flowers that were huge in 2005. ;)

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    1. Frangipani flowers!!! I never had one of those either ... But I do see old cars roaming the streets with the fangipani flower. Best left in the garden?

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  11. I never got into the stick figure stickers, but see them everywhere around here. There are a lot of farms around our community, and it always makes me laugh when I see one with 5 horses and 20 chooks! I hate to think what they paid for all of them though :)

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  12. I actually think there should be some laws/guidelines around car stickers. Hate to sound like a censor, but it's awful when you're stuck in traffic and your kids are looking at these ugly words and pictures and you're forced to explain it! I'm not a fan of the stick figure families, but they're less offensive than these nasty ones!

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    1. You might be onto something there Lara. I didn't even talk about the "this is how I made your stick figure family" stickers. Yes ... they are two stick figures having sex ...

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  13. No stick figure family here. I came across a pic though where the dad had been pulled off, and the words "position vacant" put in his place - I shared it on my FB page as it certainly made me smile wryly ...

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    1. I saw that one! I did laugh out loud at that one.

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  14. Well as there are only 2 of us our stick family sticker would be a bit lame. I think like so many things stick family stickers are a matter of choice, you can either take them or leave them. They're hardly offensive, which is more than I can say for those parodies. Maybe I've had a sense of humour failure, but I do not find them funny at all, instead I find them rather disturbing.

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    1. My sense of humour must be failing too then Sammie.

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  15. I just never saw the appeal in them. But I also don't feel the need to go and buy the aggressive version. I remember reading an FB status (not sure where) that completely analysed a family, their socio demographic, where they lived, how much money they would possibly have - all based on the stick figures, the car they drove and license plate etc. It was an interesting insight into how much of our identities and private lives away. Then again…there is Facebook to do that! LOL!

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