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Tags and Labels (Participation)

April 4, 2012

This is a very interesting image that connects labels to stereotypes.  Thoughts?  Also, does a label on clothing also perpetuate stereotypes?  In other words, are “clothing labels” more like “stereotypes” than this image leads us to believe

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  1. Mallory Nagel permalink

    Recently there have been many pictures like this surfacing on the internet (of individuals wearing signs that announce what stereotype they are called). These signs seem to exist in real life.. and no I don’t mean literally, but walking around and looking at people it is easy to see a connection between their personality and style and the type of people in your lifetime that had these types of characteristics. Eventually, a person is labeled with a stereotype and they must live with it daily, weighing them down. These recent pictures draw attention to the process of stereotyping that many people in the United States do subconsciously. These photos do well in making people realize the effect labels have on people and make them rethink how they base judgments of people off of such shallow things. Personally, I used to relate certain clothing brands to certain types of people. Ever since I realized that I was judging these people before I knew them, I began to recognize how I had grown up surrounded by people who often made judgments off of first impressions and that by giving individuals of chance, people often prove that they are more than just the stereotype they’ve been given.

  2. I think this picture is correct just by looking at someone’s color of skin, sense of style, way they do things compared to others you cannot label them. Cloths are meant to have labels from where they were made (because some people only want to support things made in their country, like American’s who will only by American made things to help our economy and building jobs here), and things about how to treat and wash them are on the label. People aren’t meant to have labels stuck to them. No one is to tell me how I am to act, speak, dress or any of that I am my own person with my own name. Just because certain actions relate to a sterotype of something does not mean I need to be labeled that. People can’t be labeled because we are all unique, I for example get labeled as a tomboy a lot because I don’t wear designer cloths and nice things or straighten my hair and wear make up all the time… I don’t wear those things cause I can’t afford them and what I can afford I would much rather spend on something more important to me, I don’t straighten my hair cause I don’t like to fry the ends of my hair and kill it over time, and I don’t wear make up because it isn’t what I was given I like people to recognize the beauty in me not the 500 lbs of make up i can put on. I’m not a tomboy though because sometimes I do dress up and do all the “girly” things. But once again that in itself is a label.
    Labels are an over rated thing that seems to be getting worse.

  3. Karlie Hall permalink

    It is very well known that judgements and stereotypes are surrounded everywhere in our society and that people are constantly judging one another based on their appearance and style. People assume that people act or may be a certain stereotype purely because of the way they dress. For example the style “metrosexual” may assume that a person may appear to be gay. However this is such a false implication in that a style doesn’t explain their sexuality. One should be able to dress the way they want and express the way they feel without being judged or accused of a certain act or lifestyle. How are we suppose to explicit individuality if we are constantly being judged and labeled? Girls dress with labels to show wealth, style, or just in order to fit in, as though if your not wearing a certain label you may be looked down upon or judged because you are not sitting in the certain “stereotype”. I feel as though most people like to be safe, in that they want to be seen as normal and not unique or indifferent. So they will do all they can to fit that label, including style and clothes.

  4. Kyla Chappell permalink

    As Mallory stated, there have been many, and much more than the past, upcoming photos of people labeling themselves, whether it be race, sexuality, etc. These pictures are used to make a point or get a point across majority of the time. I think in our modern day, people rely too much on the way someone looks, as far as clothing, skin color, hair, or tattoos. People are labeled easily for having any of these things that can be considered controversial. I think we are wrong in doing this, people should dress or look the way they want without being judged or labeled, same goes for being a certain race, no judgement or labeling needed.

  5. Megan Grichel permalink

    I have also seen many pictures like this one on the internet recently. In this day and age people are becoming more concerned with individuality and freedom of expression. But with this comes the issue of labeling and stereotypes. The underlying message that I gain from pictures and statements like this is that there isn’t one label for each person. The creators seem to be offended by the labels they receive. The way a person looks or speaks or where they live do not make up who they are. There are many contributing factors and a label is not necessary. We are allowed to be individuals.

  6. Anna Chrisman 11143058 permalink

    I think that in a lot of ways the way we treat race, religion, or sexual orientation is the same as the way that we treat brand names. When you see someone wearing a certain brand, whether you think you are or not, you judge them. People like to put people in groups, and it is easy to judge people in any categorizable way.

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