So, Yesterday, I was stuck in traffic, which is actually quite rare in my little college town. I was wedged in behind a car covered in bumper stickers. As I was sitting in the traffic quite close to this car's bumper, I was actually able to read them all. There were twelve. Each one espoused liberal/leftist views of the usual fare from War, to Sexuality, to education and politics. I admit, I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stickers.
It looked a bit like this:
I like bumper stickers. They are sometimes funny, often profound in a "stickery" sort of way. (I wouldn't compare them to Voltaire for example). They deliberately state thisngs in way that is designed to provoke emotion. Since I live in the South, but in a liberal town in the South, I get to see them all. I remain particularly fond of those folks who never removed the stickers from the John Kerry Campaign.
However, I don't get the plethora of stickers supporting a variety of things. To me, the volcanic explosion of 12-20 bumper messages seems to cheapen all the messages and gives the impression that the owner is trying to figure out what he or she believes in, and during this journey has stuck a sticker to represent each phase. I much prefer one sticker with one statement. I do think a political sticker during the time of elections in addition to another one is perfectly acceptable. I prefer the statement to be readable as well…No one wants to get rear-ended over a bumper sticker. I'm willing to bet, however, that it has happened more than once!
I've had stickers in the past, but none recently. I'm considering putting one on, that I got as part of my testing for Fleet Feet. It says, "A Fit Woman is a Powerful Woman" But, I haven't decided if I want that to be the message I want to send.
Do you have Bumper stickers? What do they say? How did you decide which messages to place on your car?