July 17, 2011

FBFF: Don't Try To Label Me

It seems so many people want to box us into one tightly knit and pre-assumed box by applying a label. Sometimes the tag seems to fit, other times it’s far off the mark. But either way, we are so much more than anyone label that could be applied. The article, You are Not a Label, sparked some interesting comments and feedback and prompted this week’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday questions by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. (I know I'm a little late!)

1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category?
I don't think so. I blog about more than just fashion. I blog about all my interests and fashion happens to be one of them. My blog is about being a modern feminist, nail art, New York City, current events, etc.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?
I want to challenge myself with my writing so if I say "oh I'm just going to blog about the runways" then I'm limiting myself. If I'm concerned about a trend happening in popular culture then I want to write about it. I also use my blog as an outlet of myself and personally I have never been able to fit into a particular box. High school is a good example: there's the popular girls, the theater kids, the math nerds, the athletes, etc. (these are all general stereotypes- I know). I didn't fit into all of those, I guess I was the outsider/angry chick. So if I didn't label myself at 15, why label myself now at 25?

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?
Just like my friends, I have an assorted variety. I like to hear other people's opinions or follow a blogger who dresses a certain way that I never would. Expose yourself to as much as you can! To a certain degree, you must use proper grammar and not talk like you are texting on your blog for me to follow. You must have something to say or share with your blog and not be completely vain.

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?
Perhaps there is a benefit because it's easier to "define" your blog to others. If you say "oh I do a personal style blog" versus "I blog about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, blah blah." One is easier to digest than the other. I always find it hard to explain my blog, I usually just say fashion blogger to be simple. However, it's more than that and I want to be proud of my blog. I'm proud of everything I've written for my blog even if it prevents me from falling into a box.

5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels.
AGREE! For the most part I have found that labels usually hinder relationships with people rather than help. Human beings are complex people and we have more than one layer or "label" (Shrek anyone?). My best friend is an artist and during his coming out process he did this painting (above) which touches on this very subject (and he so lovingly let me have). In the painting the word "Gay" is under a magnify glass. He was trying to illustrate that he is more than just a gay man. He's an uncle, he's biracial, he's a painter, etc. I thought it was a beautiful concept.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Don't forget to stop by ModlyChic to read all the other FBFF answers this week! 

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  1. what a beautiful painting! your friend is very talented and i love the concept of it. I completely agree that there is so much more to people then their labels. the layers (onions have layers, ogers have layers=P) explanation was perfect.

    cant wait to read more of your blog=)

  2. Great questions, and I love reading all the different responses on different blogs! Definitely got me thinking. And that painting by your best friend is so great, I'm glad you shared it!


  3. Love how you said you want to challenge yourself!

  4. Very interesting! I don't think we need labels either.


  5. Loved reading this. It's true: we totally don't need to label ourselves in tight little categories!

    P.S. I'm the 26 July! Yay: another fellow Leo!

  6. @lauren janelle- Aw thanks! hehe glad you got the Shrek reference ;)

    @Ashley- yeah I enjoyed hearing other blogger's feedback about these type of questions. Thanks!

    @Katie- :)

    @Leia- hehe thanks!

    @Sherin- YEY LEOS!


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