Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Pieces of Flair

Commuting by car on a daily basis is relatively new for me; I used to be able to take the train in to campus (and miss it terribly).  Something I’ve been paying more attention to since I started driving a lot more is what people stick on the backs of their cars.  The ubiquitous ‘my kid is awesome’ bumper stickers, the political stickers, the little cartoon family member stickers, the endless (serious and snarky) variations on fish symbols…  I cheer when I see Flying Spaghetti Monster ‘fishes’ like the one I have and shake my fist at stars-and-stripes tea pots.  Sometimes literally.

What are your favorite and/or least favorite types of decorations to spot on cars?  How do you feel about them in general?  What are some of the most amusing or memorable ones you’ve seen?

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Dae is a chemical engineering graduate student who aspires to become a mad scientist, but is prepared to settle for being a professor. Her extracurricular academic interests are an ever-shifting list, but currently include temperament psychology, philosophy, transhumanism, and pre-modern literature. She identifies as a bisexual cis-woman, as well as a feminist, humanist, atheist, and roleplaying game enthusiast.


  1. December 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm —

    I love seeing running stickers such as race distances: 13.1, 26.2, and so on. I think, “Hi friend!” when I see them. I also like seeing conservative stickers on cars parked next to mine. I find it amusing and hope that my pro-marriage equality, pro-choice, and “At Gods We Chuckle” stickers offend them. Often on the road I can see people in my mirror reading/mouthing the words on my bumper stickers with either wide grins of amusement or dirty looks, and they all please me.

  2. December 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm —

    I have occasionally seen the bumper sticker, “ABORTION CAUSES BREAST CANCER,” which irritates me both as a scientifically literate person and as a pro-choice activist. There is no bumper-sticker soundbite that can be slapped somewhere in reply. “Abortion Opponents Make False Breast Cancer Claims By Cherrypicking Bad Studies”? If only I could nail my 2,000 word response to those stickers in reply.

  3. December 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm —

    The FSM always makes me happy, as do pro-equality-of-any-sort stickers. I think I”m the only car in Cincinnati with the NASA meatball so if I saw someone else with that, I would probably follow them home and try to be best friends.

    The ones that make the most mad are the “Abortion stops a beating heart” next to pro-gun stickers. What exactly do they think guns do?

  4. December 18, 2013 at 11:35 am —

    I have a happy human on my car, as well as one of those sticker families. I like my sticker family because it’s two big pants-wearing people (meant to represent “male”) and a little pants-wearing person. Queering the sticker family – sukkit, conservatives!

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