Support the rape? Stop the troops?

I remember, when I lived in NC, that a stop sign by my house had the words “Stop Rape” spraypainted on it. And I always felt that sign to be a little odd, as if people are going around spraypainting “Start Rape” on signs.

I think, as a whole, that most people are against rape. It is not a socially accepted activity. Yes, there are the seriously disturbed people who think rape is okay and use it as a power struggle, but as a whole, I do not believe that spraypainting “Stop Rape” on a stop sign will solve anything.

I often see “Support our troops” bumper stickers and I wonder if that is really needed. Especially here in Texas, where I see “Vote Republican” bumper stickers (seriously, is there another option in this state?) it seems as if supporting the troops is universal.

Perhaps in a Hippie state, the troops are not supported, but I do not belive that is the case. I mean, seriously. Is anyone like “Damn! I hate those troops!” and then they see a little yellow ribbon on the back of someone’s mini van and then say “Gee. I was wrong. That mini van is right. I now support the troops.”

And then, they go to North Carolina and decide “Well. I’m going to stop rape, too.”


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  1. How about…"stop homicide” because in my neck of the woods, we fully support it. duh, stop rape….come on, thats original!!!!! or how about…"STOP BUSH"…is there a ribbon for stop rape…I only have 7 ribbons on my car, or how about a wristband?

    Comment by dazed — 12/30/2004 @ 11:39 am

  2. I think because this is an unpopular war, people are afraid of another Vietnam situation, where the troops end up getting blamed and spit upon and mistreated for doing their jobs, as if it was THEIR decision to go to war. So, while I get your point, I don’t mind the “support our troops” signs, because I think it’s a good reminder to those people who are likely to place blame anywhere and everywhere for something they don’t agree with.

    Comment by Gretchen — 12/30/2004 @ 12:57 pm

  3. I think the “support our troops” sign is more for the occupant/owner of the car, telling us his/her position on the issue, rather than actually “advising” us. SJ, you can’t get lost in analyzing this kind of minutia–it’ll drive you shenuts.

    Comment by LX Robotnik — 12/30/2004 @ 1:48 pm

  4. Hey dazed, I actually saw a stop sign that had the word “BUSH” spraypainted under it. It was in Berkeley….which makes sense since Berkeley is super liberal. :-D

    Comment by Jessica — 12/30/2004 @ 3:00 pm

  5. SJ, you just hit the pet peeve button - those goddarned magnetic ribbons. Ugh. How many of those people with ribbons do you think are actively supporting our soldiers, really? With shoebox donations or perhaps buying them kevlar? It’s much easier to spend a dollar at the True Value. Grrrr.

    Comment by Jenny — 12/30/2004 @ 4:20 pm

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