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Posted 6/26/08
labelling occurs everywhere.
from the moment of first impression onwards, labelling has alrd happened.
i dont fancy labelling. be it good or bad.
why condemn a person's ' fate ' to that stupid label of yours?
you want to label the price of a chicken, that's your problem.
but we humans, arent there for people to label! grr.
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Posted 6/26/08
I hate Ladeling
Its so stupid
There is no point
Its childish.
I hate when people call me
Emo,Goth,and Punk
when i am normal and human
those are the only Labels we should be using.
I hate when people i dont know label me beacause
they have no right to say anything like that because
they dont know me.
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Posted 6/26/08 , edited 6/26/08

Mimikins wrote:


bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really



bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really


Don't forget GRUNGEEERRR .everyone who listen to rock music is a GRUNGAAAA obviously!! where have you been~



whats a grunga/grunger? Ive never heard of them
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Posted 6/26/08

bokuwakowaii wrote:


Mimikins wrote:


bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really



bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really


Don't forget GRUNGEEERRR .everyone who listen to rock music is a GRUNGAAAA obviously!! where have you been~



whats a grunga/grunger? Ive never heard of them


Haven't you? Where I'm from in the UK, anyone who likes rock music or anyone who resembles someone from a rock subculture is called a grunger like AUTOMATICALLY

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Posted 6/26/08

Mimikins wrote:


bokuwakowaii wrote:


Mimikins wrote:


bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really



bokuwakowaii wrote:

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really


Don't forget GRUNGEEERRR .everyone who listen to rock music is a GRUNGAAAA obviously!! where have you been~



whats a grunga/grunger? Ive never heard of them


Haven't you? Where I'm from in the UK, anyone who likes rock music or anyone who resembles someone from a rock subculture is called a grunger like AUTOMATICALLY



oh awesome then!! in that case ...

Labels in Britain are different to labels in other places (i think). For example, in Britain we have:
- Indie
- Goth
- Greebo
- Emo
- Plastic
- Chav
- Punk
- 'Townie'
- AND!! Grunger/Grunga

So many for so many different styles. Quite depressing really
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Posted 6/26/08

edsamac wrote:

I believe you're using the term "labels" to refer to "stereotypes" or stereotypical characters that apparently end up falling within a class or "label" due to either their appearance, or attitude.

Many times, a stereotypes can actually be pretty truthful, albeit rather blunt or at times "taboo". Still, I believe it's good to keep in mind the fact that certain stereotypes exist, simply because human beings always create impressions upon the people they see as a form of preparing themselves (or defense, if you up the ante) for any possible encounter with the said individual.

Though it may seem bad or even mean at times, that's they way our minds operate. Whether or not we allow those impressions affect our judgement or the way we interact with the "labeled" denizens of a certain stereotype is really up to us. The fact of the matter remains, however, that they exist, and you should be aware of them. It's not much to ask why they're around or how we can do things to stop such labeling from occurring. It occurs because people either want to turn something they don't understand into something they can easily grasp ~ hence referring to intelligent individuals as "nerds", and clueless girls as "blondes" ~ or because it's a cultural occurrence that just so happens to be convenient when referring to a certain group of individuals.

Some people may be more careful than others in using these stereotypical labels, but that's pretty much reality, as we know it. Either get used to it, or cry over the fact that you're "four-eyes" for the rest of your life.


a lot of these people are saying the right things about not caring what other people think of you but i think you've got it completely right. and that should be the end of the thread. as far as i'm concerned the final note has been played.
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Posted 6/26/08
Labels carry a danger beyond mere inaccuracy: they are often used not only to describe, but to fully contain the individual to which they are applied. In other words, one aspect of the individual can come to be seen as all that he is and sometimes even all that he could ever be. The trouble of whether or not one accused of being a "nerd" actually possesses the associated qualities is second to that of whether the label becomes his complete definition, limiting and potentially dehumanizing him in the eyes of others. If we think of ourselves (and possibly those with whom we have good relationships) as free individuals with the power of self-definition, how can we reconcile that vision of what it is to be human with the boxing off of others via labels?

It has already been said here that labels--stereotypes, to be a bit more specific and add a negative connotation--are used to put the unknown into a recognizable form. This is precisely why it is far more common for an individual or group to stereotype those with whom it does not have a relationship than those with whom it does. Since it is impossible for anyone to get to know everyone he sees, this problem will likely always exist; becoming aware of this natural tendency, however, is the first step towards overcoming it, even if it must be on an individual basis.
Posted 6/27/08
It's like...the Jews that are being labeled as 'greedy'...and to be honest...that one might be quite accurate for most of them...>.>

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Posted 6/27/08
i think that stereotyping is sort of unavoidable.. but i personally don't like it.
(even though i occasionally stereotype some people)
-emo
-goth
-spock
-bogan
-stoner
-boppers
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Posted 6/27/08 , edited 6/27/08
According to our psychology professor, labeling is oftentimes a form of mirroring wherein it reflects that person's own personality or actions.
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Posted 6/27/08
It's in human nature to label and categorize/generalize things. That's just how our minds work. But it doesn't mean it's right to do it to people. As long as you are aware that labeling and generalizing people solely on what others (and you) perceive them to be at first glance is really something you should find out for yourself instead of just assuming. People are more than the sum of their parts.

We had this excellent social experiment where people would be given a label they would not see (i.e. others would stick an index card on their back saying "jock" "nerd" "pregnant teen" "black guy" "goth/emo" "jew" etc.) and people would react to them according to people's perceived notions about the said labels. Afterwards, people would try to guess what labels they have on them. We would then discuss the nature of labeling people and seeing how inaccurate it is to sum a person's entirety to a single word/generalization/phrase. Throughout the exercise we would also realize exactly how deeply ingrained these generalizations and stereotypes are in society.
Posted 7/28/08
We all stereotype even sub-consciously. It's just in our nature to do it. However it is a little annoying when people label others so stereotypically as soon as they see them. Such as ALL emos commit suicide and cut themselves, ALL preps are two-faced sluts who only care about their make-up, ALL nerds are people who love chess, grades, and have no athletic ability and ALL people who are different from you are freaks. I don't care about what they call me though because I am just me and everybody else is different. Human is the only label we should use for ourselves.
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Posted 7/28/08 , edited 7/28/08

Do you think the labels are even a slightest bit accurate?

I don't think labels are completely accurate, because everyone has their own individual personalities, but there has to be a reason the person got labeled in the first place, such as a "nerd" gets good grades, or a "goth" wears all black. Chances are, more than one stereotype regarding the label is accurate. So yes, labels are somewhat accurate.


What do you think about the people who labels other people are like?

Everyone at one point labels people, whether you acknowledge it or not. So "labelers" consist of the entire population and are just people in general. When you see an orange-skinned beach-blonde silicon-breasted and Botoxed woman, you think "plastic" or "rich". When you're driving in a bad neighborhood and see a well-built tough guy wearing baggy clothes and holding a gun you think "oh shit-this guy is bad news." Those are both forms of stereotyping/labeling, and honestly, it can sometimes come in handy.


What do you think the main purpose of labels are?

People feel the need to categorize each other and define where they belong and where they don't belong. Labels are a way for people to do that. People in general also tend to be ignorant of each other and make assumptions based on a few facts rather than wasting their time getting to know each individual.


Do you think the ones that are being labeled are benefitting any from it?

No, but everyone is labeled at one point or another, so you have to get over it.


Why do you think people "label," other people?

It's human nature to classify those like and different than them and organize others by certain distinctions.



Have you ever been labelled? Why?

Of course I have. It's human nature. I'm sure I've been labeled by plenty.


Did the label come off? How?

Don't know and don't care.

I think people who get so upset about labels tend to be insecure about their identities and how much they stand out. A secure person is happy just the way they are and don't care how they get labeled because their opinion is all that matters. People who whine all day about hating labels obviously are very reliant on the opinions of others. They either are desperate to be "unique", or they got thrown into a label they didn't like.
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Posted 8/7/08
no offence but i just dont like labels.
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Posted 8/7/08
i don't get why people use labels...we're all human beings
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