My New Car Decal

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 22, 2010 9:38 pm


For those not already familiar with the original ‘mud flap girl,’ compare here. In my opinion, this one’s far more attractive.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Personal

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  1. Car Talk | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | June 15, 2010
  1. Indie

    Now that’s hot!

  2. David

    Where did you get it in white?

  3. Bruce

    But wait! Is she reading “Going Rogue”, or “Ullyses”?

  4. Avreaux

    In some states, that’s Bible Study Girl … skirt length precludes Duggar Burqa at least.

  5. JT

    Nobody reads Going Rogue…they listen to the audio version

  6. Where did you get it, full stop?

  7. Michael

    RE: “Nobody reads Going Rogue…they listen to the audio version”

    Oh, gee, I really hope that astoundingly smug remark makes you feel even more superior to your less educated, less sophisticated, fellow citizens. But please don’t inform when you can demean — after all, you are obviously so much smarter than they are.

    And keep feeding the idea of perceived superiority of the cork-sniffing crowd. Indeed, a remark like that only comfirms the ‘elistist’ charges that are made constantly.

    Oh, yeah…those knuckle-dragging semi-apes do still have the same right to vote as you do, and rest assured you will see it in November. So keep up the diatribes…

  8. I don’t drink wine, I prefer beer. I’m not even that much into micro-brews, although I do enjoy them, I’m more of a good ol’ American Pilsner after mowing the lawn type of guy.

    I still think Sarah Palin is an idiot.

  9. Julianne

    Apparently, at least 50% of all female bloggers at Discover Magazine drive the same car. Though, bystanders can distinguish yours by the way cooler decal.

  10. Julianne, That’s awesome! I’ve had my Honda since 2002 and if it wasn’t for all the salt from the years on New England roads rusting out the bottom, I’d expect to have it much longer.

  11. ponderingfool

    In my opinion, this one’s far more attractive.
    Still represents women as sex objects which is a major problem in my mind. I am all for deconstructing notions that beauty and brains don’t go together but when reinforcing unhealthy body image a critique has to be made.

  12. gillt

    Please, she’s clearly wearing a push-up bra and her skirt doesn’t even reach her knees! This whole thing screams catholic school-girl fetish. Go with the mud-flap girl, then you can be ironic, which is hip.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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