Planting Seeds of Awareness with Bumper Stickers

When I first started learning about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, circumcision, gentle discipline, etc. I enthusiastically purchased some bumper stickers espousing the messages I believe in, hoping to plant seeds of information at every stop light and traffic jam.  Since then, I have received some angry looks, some honks of support or disgust, plenty of glares, some laughs, and a few thumbs-up.  I have had some fear that my car would be vandalized for having such bold messages on its bumper, but thus far I’ve had nothing but a broken side mirror, which may or may not have been related.  Other wise mama friends have had their stickers ripped off or other vandalization of their property, unfortunately.  But still, we find it important to inspire the quest for more parenting information everywhere we go.  Bumper stickers, t-shirts, bags, pins, etc. can all be powerful forms of activism, because people who wouldn’t necessarily seek out this information get a glimpse of it, and may go on to learn more just out of curiosity.

I was at a local play place for a few hours the other day, getting homework and blogging done while I watched my son play.  When we finally left at dusk, I was pleasantly surprised to find this note stuck under my windshield wiper.

Sweet note from a stranger.

Sweet note from a stranger.

My heart was so glad to know there was another wise mama (or dad, or grandparent, or child-free person!) out there identifying with the strong messages displayed on my car; not getting mad at or disturbed by the information, but embracing it, and possibly already being informed about these issues!  I only wish I could have met this like-minded person who is somewhere out there in my community.

I designed this one on cafepress.com

I designed this one on cafepress.com

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Found on cafepress.com

I am not a fan of Big Pharma ;)  I designed this one on cafepress.com

I am not a fan of Big Pharma ;) I designed this one on cafepress.com

Found here.

Found here.

Equal rights for all and a smart mudflap girl!  I designed the first one, and found the other here.

Equal rights for all and a smart mudflap girl! I designed the first one, and found the other here.

What wise mama gear do you have– bumper stickers, shirts, bags, pins?  Have you ever gotten a response to it, positive or negative?  Share your stories!

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Author:Kristen Tea

Hello Wise Mamas! I am Kristen Tea; I’m a 29-year-old artist, activist, feminist, eternal student, free spirit, radical human, and proud former single parent. I practice attachment parenting, radical parenting, gentle discipline, and unschooling, among other things. I have been interested in alternative, conscious, compassionate living since I can remember, so transitioning into natural parenting was an easy process for me. I had a surprise pregnancy that was full of uncertainty due to several issues, including my status as a low-income single parent, but I have turned it into the most empowering, liberating situation possible. I am now married to a wonderful partner and expecting my second child in April 2014. My goal is to empower parents and non-parents alike with information that can better their lives. We have enough suffering in our world; it’s time to do something about it, and we can start with our children.

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4 Comments on “Planting Seeds of Awareness with Bumper Stickers”

  1. January 21, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    This is awesome! I would love to get a note like that! Once I was so excited about seeing a pro-breastfeeding bumper sticker on someone’s car, I left them a note, with one of my Dr. Momma cards. :)
    My bumper stickers include “Circumcision, the more you know, the more you are against it”, “Homebirth: safe, empowering, natural”, “I <3 Midwives", "Peace, love, breastfeeding".
    I have seen people take pictures of them while they were behind me at stop lights, a few times, I hope it's because they felt like you, excited to see a fellow like-minded mama. :)

    • January 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      That is awesome! And yes, I have seen people taking pictures of mine too, which is always interesting. I never know if that’s a good or bad thing :)

  2. NakaiRain
    January 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I have a few circumcision stickers/magnets. An autism sticker (because my magnet kept going missing), vaccine stickers, an unschooling sticker, and a few midwifery related stickers.
    I’ve had ppl take photos of the back of my van, as well as honks and thumbs up. But I’ve never had any stickers ripped off, thankfully. I’m not sure that my autism magnet was being taken but every time I’d replace it, it would disappear.
    I’ve never had anyone say anything to my face about my stickers, but I’ve had someone compliment me to my face on how I parented my boys while we were in public.

  3. January 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I just ordered a decal for the new car I’m purchasing in a couple of weeks. It says Intactivist. The v is a red heart. I love it and better yet, it attaches from the inside so there will be no stealing my decal! :D

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