My Bumper Sticker Dilemma

If you didn’t know already, I have one bumper sticker on my car and it’s this one:

Cats Not Kids

I got this years ago at a little store in Salem, MA and I couldn’t resist. My getting this sticker was not meant to offend anyone or make a big statement, I was just stating that I preferred cats over kids and that this was ok.

I haven’t gotten as many negative responses as one might think. The worst I got was some guy who asked me what the bumper sticker meant, I told him and he huffed and walked away. I won’t get into what that kind of response makes me think about the person.

Mostly I’ve gotten positive responses and mostly from women with children. I think mostly they are joking about how they would have been better off having cats instead of kids. I think it’s funny though that mothers are who I get the best response from.

I’ve often wondered if some drivers are more assholes to me because of the sticker or just because they are Massholes. Then there was the weird response on another car I got from this bumper sticker that I wrote about here.

The issue now is I think I need to get rid of it. I am taking on a lot of photo shoots and often the photo shoots involve children so I don’t want to make the wrong impression. I actually did a maternity shoot a while ago and the mother-to-be (a friend of mine) actually commented on it in a negative tone.

I was thinking of just covering it up with another bumper sticker but all I have are these old ones I never used:

Pro Child Pro Choice

Child Alienation Is Child Abuse

Feminism is the Radical Notion That Women Are People

I’m not sure any of those are the direction I want to go, maybe the feminism or maybe I’ll just find a new one. I’ll be sad to see my bumper sticker go, I loved it while it lasted.

ps. I forgot to mention that several times I’ve noticed people taking a picture of my bumper sticker while sitting in traffic =)


  1. Alissa

    April 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I like the Cats not Kids one! Hahaha. I prefer not to have any bumper stickers, because I’m a firm believer that people just treat you like crap because of your sticker. I mean, I know I’ve been guilty of “I’m not letting you over – you’ve got a McCain sticker!”. Hahaha.

    1. Robin

      April 5, 2010 at 10:13 am

      @Alissa: You have a point. I once had a "Sinner" emblem (like the fish one) on my car and got a long note about how Jesus just needed to save my ass (or something like that). I do want another bumper sticker because it helps me to find my car in a parking lot.

  2. Avitable

    April 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    You should make one of your photos and your URL into a bumper sticker through Cafepress or Zazzle or something.

    1. Robin

      April 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

      @Avitable: I’ve thought of it, I have some stuff on zazzle but have never sold a damn thing.

  3. Gwen

    April 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    1. I like that sticker.
    2. I think bumper stickers are dumb.
    3. I have a sticker in the back window of my car. (It’s a “no men” stickman crossed out that Paul bought for me. The only things anyone has ever said about it was my mom’s friend asking if it was some parking thing from work.)

    1. Robin

      April 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

      @Gwen: I think you’re dumb.

  4. Gwen

    April 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Pfffffft… lies. All lies.

  5. Miss Britt

    April 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Ooh – I was going to say the Feminism one – but I like Adam’s idea better.

    You can also get a sticker if you want. It guarantees you free parking in the furthest spot at any store. YOU’RE WELCOME!

    1. Robin

      April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

      @Miss Britt: I would feel like royalty, not the England kind of royalty, not that special.

  6. Amanda

    April 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    For some reason when I read this I thought the “pro child, pro choice” one was a pro-life sticker until I re-read it. I was worried about you.

    But yeah, I like the feminism one

    1. Robin

      April 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      @Amanda: Oh boy, that would worry me too if I saw that about you.

  7. Grant

    April 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I say you go with the classic “Nuke the baby whales in the name of Jesus”.

    1. Robin

      April 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

      @Grant: That will certainly make for an entertaining commute.

  8. Jennifer Lynn

    April 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I would do the first one;)

    1. Robin

      April 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

      @Jennifer Lynn: nice!

  9. Maureen

    April 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Oooh!!! Look at this one from one of the ladies on my 365 blog –

    1. Robin

      April 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

      @Maureen: that is so wrong i don’t even know wehre to start.

  10. Grant

    April 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Or maybe you could tell the mommies that it’s a culinary choice – stir fried cat > kiddie burgers. Then they will think you have the same priorities.

  11. Pauline

    April 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    That’s great that you have gotten positive responses from mothers about your bumper sticker.

    Here are some of my favs:
    “Nice truck, sorry about your penis”
    “If you’re against same-sex marriage then don’t marry someone of the same sex”
    “Celebrate Diversity”
    “All my children have Paws”

    All are from

    1. Robin

      April 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      @Pauline: I like "all my children have paws" I think I need to find that one. STAT.

  12. subWOW

    April 12, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I was going to get a dog before I found out I was pregnant with #1. So yeah, I am with you. LOL. I mean, the kids are more trouble part.

    I love this one “Feminism is the Radical Notion That Women Are People”

    If I ever see it, I will take a picture of it too!

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