Originally Posted by pdx.mothernurture
Question for those against the sidewalk chalk idea:
How do you feel about anti-circ messages on...
Rubber 'Awareness' Bracelets
Business Cards/Pamphlets (left random places)
Anywhere a public message about keeping babies whole is displayed, it will provoke thought and has the potential to enlighten or offend. In some cases, children may see these things and it may initiate communication between parents and their children.
How is a well-worded pro-intact message written on a sidewalk any different really than wearing a t-shirt or having a pro-intact bumpersticker on your car? Part of me wonders if some of the negativity has more to do with personal comfort levels/unwillingess to put ourselves 'out there', visibly, publically, vulnerably...to stand openly for a cause we believe in. That's not an easy thing to do, it takes a lot of conviction and courage...and knowing that you probably will at some point or another get involved in an intense discussion or heated debate.
Personally, I'm feeling more inspired than ever. And, as summer draws to a close I suspect sidewalk chalk will go on clearance.
I would LOVE to get a small group of intactivists together locally and do some sidewalk chalking and then talk to people about what they think about the message and hand out educational literature...it might be a good research project, although I am in the northwest and the west coast has the lowest circumcision rates in the nation. Heck, I even have a good friend who works for one of the big local news stations...
Hi Jen. Here's my analysis and evaluation of sidewalk chalk vs. other forms of communication. I work in advertising and marketing and I at least like to think I know a little bit about media and messaging.
What I like about t-shirts, rubber arm bands and bumper stickers, v. sidewalk chalk, is that the former are personal and sidewalk chalk is anonymous. I think it's better to have a person connected to the message because then it's a conversation starter. A sidewalk chalk message does not have a personal form of follow-up. And if I'm casually curious about a message about intactness, a friendly person is a much easier, immediate way to connect than to visit a web site. (I also think that at least the anti-circ sites I've seen are a bit overwhelming for the first-time visitor.) So, I think t-shirts, arm bands and bumper stickers are all great ways of spreading awareness, and they are better than sidewalk chalk. I don't think chalk is *terrible*, but I feel it is largely disregarded by viewers.
I care about communication and think that if you're going to spend time spreading a message supporting intactness, then spend your time wisely and try to get the most bang for your efforts!
As for the more businesslike forms, biz cards, billboards and brochures, I think they can be very effective, but the messages need to be well thought out and appropriate for the intended audience.
ETA: Sidewalk chalk is kind of like a billboard if you do it very well..... except a billboard has more credibility / status / legitimacy.
Hope that helps. Good luck with any and all of your efforts.
EATA: I think it's interesting if you think about intactivism as "selling intactness" to the world. How can you be a good salesperson and help parents buy into intactness for their sons, grandsons, nephews and friends?