Thursday, September 21, 2006

Honk for Opinionated People!

So I got this e-mail today from Which I'm an apathetic member of. I sign some electronic petitions from time to time, but that's about it. I haven't volunteered, or donated, or anything that would require more than 20.3 seconds of my time and effort.

I've felt a little guilty about this. Because—as my mom likes to remind me—I'm practically 30. Shouldn't I care about stuff by now? Have strong opinions on policy and national matters? Espouse them over free-trade cappuccinos at the locally-owned cafe that hires only legal workers and pays them a living wage?

Today's e-mail was an offer. An offer to get something for free! But here's the problem: it's a bumper sticker.

I really, really hate bumper stickers. Please don't use an exposed car part to tell me how I should feel/act about some extremely deep, personal issues. (Pro-lifers, I'm looking in your direction.) If an issue is that important, can it really be summed up in one cutesy phrase on a peel-off sticker? I almost put a bumper sticker on once, because I figured people might actually appreciate finding out about good music, but I could never bring myself to do it. The sticker resides, unstuck, in my glove compartment.

So, although I feel guilty about being a slacker ... I don't feel guilty enough to stick a slogan on my bumper. Maybe next time they offer me something free, I'll actually take it.


cat said...

I personally like window clings better. I still have residue on my window from the < /W > sticker I had on my car last go 'round, and few people got it. My dad keeps doing the same thing to me--reminding me how bad the future is going to be if I don't actively do something about (besides complain and whine). I just don't feel right about attaching myself to particular political movements, either, because I don't always agree wholeheartedly. Like I can't claim to be a Dem because I don't agree with them 100%, or even 70%, but I'm far from being a Rep. Maybe we should start our own group. "Women with English Degrees and Crappy Jobs Who Will, without a Doubt, Be Working at McDonald's when They Are 70" or something.

Amy said...

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. < /Homer >

If you expand your name to "Women with English and Journalism Degrees . . ." then I may become a dues-paying member.

M. Lubbers said...

Yes--down with the window clings. Much more subtle and easier to clean.

The first meeting of WWW.MM (Wordy Women Without Money/Motivation) will be meeting sometime. As soon as we can get up enough motivation to schedule a time and place ... I'll keep you both posted.