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new bumper-sticker stories! and new stickers and photos :D


The first reaction to my bumper stickers was weird at best, but since then I've had two awesome reactions! One was to the same set in that first post, and the other was to the current set (new pics below).

I was driving in stop-and-go traffic in Atlanta listening to music loud with the windows down, and a 50+year-old person (I'm bad at ages, but ze had silver hair) on a motorcycle came up level with me for a second and called out, "thank you! [something I couldn't hear]" and then the traffic separated us. I turned my music down and waited until we were level again and called out, "What did you say?" and ze said "Yes we can!" We grinned at each other and then got separated by traffic again. It was so awesome! I loved it especially because ze was male (at least in appearance -- long beard), and part of me still expects all 30+ male people to be like "feminists are man-haters! down with them!" so it broke down a bit of that stereotype for me. :D Now I expect all bikers to be awesome feminists (haha).

The third one was more brief but also awesome -- someone pulled up beside me, rolled down the window, and said, "I love your stickers!" :D That one was especially cool because it was in my small city (which is notably traditionalist, and the same place that the first encounter happened).



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I'm gonna have to replace the "Jesus never called same-sex romance a sin" with something a little less gentle and more pithy, I think, because it's just too hard to read. Maybe "Jesus approves of queers / soulforce.org" Jesus-lovers on my flist -- what do you think of that? would it make an anti-queer Christian want to check out the site? Non-Christians on my flist -- what do you think? would it make a person who thinks all Christians are anti-queer want to check it out? Queers on my flist -- what do you think of the phrasing? should I say "queer people"?

But check out the AWESOME NEW ONE. I'm very proud of it -- challenging without being antagonistic. Plenty of people will agree that prejudice is wrong but most of those people don't even realize that they think sexism is women's problem and racism is minorities' problem. Prejudice is a human problem! and with power comes additional responsibility for eliminating prejudice.

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acid_burns ══╣╠══

The last time I was roadtripping in the US, I was just staring in awe at the bumbers of every passing car on my way, because we don't have "a tradition" like this in Finland. I was beyond fascinated and kept pointing things to my friend and he was going "Look, YAY, but I'm trying to drive here... why don't you focus on reading the map?" "BECAUSE IT'S BORING and this is so much more fun!!" :D

That being said, I love your car :)
queerbychoice ══╣╠══
I think "Jesus never called same-sex romance a sin" would be perfectly readable if you just removed the extra text between that and "soulforce.org." Then you could wrap the remaining sentence onto two lines in larger font.
ladywind ══╣Pan╠══
(for what it's worth, most of what I know about feminism and poking the patriarchy in the eye, I learned from a big fuzzy biker-fellow. :) )
c_a_turbulence ══╣╠══
I don't understand why you aren't getting thumbs-ups from just about every fucker on the road!

As for the Jesus one, I'd personally use something like 'Jesus must have been bi'. But I think that says a lot more about my innability to hang round with most men, for ages, unless, there's something a bit 'more' going on.
aliyna ══╣╠══
I freakin' love your "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature" one! I've never seen that!!
delicatexflower ══╣cute; two kittens. "playful kiss"╠══

ah ha, very awesome!! ♥

i really like the idea of "Jesus never called same-sex romance a sin"
that is sure going to make people think. i really like how your posts on lj make people stop and think, i know it will be true for all of your bumper stickers!
divinemiss_em ══╣╠══
There is so much to love about this! I would soo stop and talk to you if I saw you at a red light!

I second the love on I believe in God, only I spell in Nature. I need that in my life :) Unfortunately I don´t have a car. I should find a way to affix stickers onto my bike!!

My opinion on the Jesus/Queer thing is that a lot of people who aren´t queer or who don´t really know anyone who is or anything about it generally think of it as a negative term. I think it could possibly be a little confusing for the people you would ideally like to reach. I think that´s the beauty of bumper stickers- they are generally like little bombs of truth condensed and made visually appealing.

Also, who is the quote "In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change" by? I can´t quite make out the name.
smurfb1ue ══╣╠══
I think you'd probably have a lot of Christians completely shut off if you put "Jesus approves of queers" for several different reasons. The first is simply what one of the people above said. Some may feel queer has a negative connotation despite the fact that others embrace and choose that title/label. Another is that some will see the word approves, think about all they've been taught, and be unwilling to examine it. However, I kind of like that it points to Jesus' relationship to individuals...but I don't know.
Finding the right wording for bumper stickers is hard. I've recently run into issues on facebook with pieces of flair I've added. People often enter dialogue unwilling to change (much like your bumper sticker says) and unwilling to see through someone else's eyes. For that reason, I'd kind of encourage you to go with what best says what you're trying to say.
smurfb1ue ══╣this is my heart. it keeps me alive.╠══
And a side note: your dragonfly stickers are gorgeous. Did you just find them at a shop?
jenniology ══╣Question - Alan Davies & lasagna╠══
Where did you get that round "Live in Peace and Love" sticker? ^^ I love it!
emotionalspazz ══╣╠══
i think i want to marry your car.
hands_cupped ══╣╠══
I am thinking back to the days when I was bitter and thought pretty much all Christians were homophobic and whatnot. If I'd seen that sticker then, I would have been thrilled and I almost DEFINITELY would have gone and checked out the site :D
hands_cupped ══╣╠══
Or, well, I'm not sure about the use of the word "queer" here but I mean, I'd have been thrilled if I'd seen anything regarding God accepting homosexuality.
twelvepetals ══╣╠══
phydeau ══╣╠══
As a former Christian who no longer is (and I was hard-core, Catholic high-school, etc.), Jesus not only didn't condemn homosexuality, but had it been a hot-button topic at the time, he would have been a defender.
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
My favourite is definitely the one about racism and sexism. It's challenging without being threatening, It invites thought rather than offers criticism.

As for the Jesus one, I'd be careful with how I worded it but also accept that no matter how carefully worded, some people just won't respond to it. I personally believe that if you can reach one person, that is worth celebrating. I'd would just use the words that best describe how you feel and invite discussion/thought.
adamhart1966 ══╣╠══
In a true dialogue both sides are willing to change....
I like that quote a lot. I think it holds true for many areas in life.
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