Earlier in the week I posted an article on a topic I had been mulling over for some time – labeling ourselves and others. 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, to me, 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.
1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category? I oscillate between calling myself a fashion blogger and a personal style blogger. But neither really seems to fit entirely what I write about. Sometimes I cover trends = fashion blogger. Often I post outfit pics = personal style blogger. But there are times I write about running = fitness blogger. And occasionally I cover local events = Boston blogger. I now lean more towards dubbing ModlyChic as a personal style blog since I feel that can encompass more of what I do on here and is less limiting.
2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger? I stay away from labeling myself as having a specific genre or focus on ModlyChic. I’m too complex to be wrapped up in one phrase. There are times when I have serious feminist leanings and thoughts but I’m certainly not going to be a feminist blogger 24/7. I’m always tall – thanks to very tall parents – but I don’t label myself as a tall girl blogging, I suppose because I care more about fashion than about my height. To me, I guess labels are too confining. (pic from wanieharun.blogspot.com)
3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being? To be honest, at times I am a little wary of reading a blog that labels itself outright as a certain kind of specified blogger. Part of that reticence comes from thinking I might not be able to relate to their content. However, I’ve found that most times if I look beyond the classification I find an equally interesting, entertaining and engaging blogger.
4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others? I suppose ultimately there can be some benefits to labeling but it seems to me that mostly labels just work to divide. Politically, for example, we label ourselves according to a political party and automatically assume that those running in our party share our thoughts on matters and those running in the opposing party have opposing views. To me, it seems like it would be so much smarter to listen to a candidates platform and do away with the party naming. Personally, I want to know where candidates stand on issues and couldn’t care less what party they belong too. Whoa.. that was a random rant. But it applies to a lot of other areas.
5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels. Agree, wholeheartedly. I don’t need to box myself up into a single word or phrase and I certainly do not need others to do that for me. We are people with dignity and worth, not a label.