Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: Labeling Yourself

On Thursday Katy of Modly Chic wrote a post about labeling and why she think it is detrimental. As she was considering ideas fortoday's questions, B of Beautifully Invisible suggested she use the post as this week's topic. This week's Fashion Beauty Friend Friday questions are intended to be tailored specifically to fashion/beauty blogging, as the topic can encompass so many things. So here goes...

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1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category?

It's funny...I don't think I was equipped to answer this question until just the last few months, when my blog focus became more clear. After going through my posts, it's obvious that my blog is generally centered around body image and my personal take on beauty standards and fashion. I am a writer, and my posts are not only much longer than most bloggers, but include a substantial amount of research. However, my posts are incredibly personal in nature. And I also include outfit of the day photos in most of my posts. I suppose my blog is impossible to put in one category - and that's kind of great.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?
I'm hesitant to put myself in a single category as a blogger (see my explanation above.) The last thing I want to do is put a label on what I do - it's incredibly restrictive and suffocating. I'd much rather be individual, and have a blog that's meaningful and reflective of who I am and what I find important, than one that fits into a specific category.

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?

I tend to be more drawn to blogs that speak not only about personal style, but also beauty, body image, individuality, and the role fashion takes in the author's life. I like reading blogs that teach me something - whether it's about fashion, or the author's personal struggles, or thrifting advice, or ways to increase my self-confidence. I am drawn to blogs that are intelligent and individual, and difficult to categorize.

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?

By definition, labeling puts oneself in a category. Human nature likes to place items in categories - from an evolutionary perspective, it is what we are innately conditioned to do. We are social animals, and like being able to identify those around us who share our beliefs, and those who do not. But labels must always mean something. When I call someone “friend”, is this a fact or a necessity of social networking interaction? The benefits of labeling are that they allow us to understand where we fit in, and decide whether we're comfortable in that category or want to redefine our place.

5. Agree or Disagree - We're all just people; we don't need all the labels. 

This is a difficult one to answer. Labels are creations of the human mind. I don't think the issue is the label itself, but rather the ideas that are being put forward by the label. Labels use a single word to categorize what could be an extremely complex set of ideas. But we need them to communicate who we are. However, while we need labels, we should not depend on them to encapsulate another individual. The problems start when we use labels to judge.


7 comments:

  1. Such great answers. I love your blog, because, it does have a fashion perspective. However, it is so much more than just a set of pictures.

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  2. Thank you for this post! I was just talking about this the other day and how I'm tired of people putting others or themselves in a certain category. I feel labels are detrimental to people because they feel the need to live up to that standard instead of being who they are. I feel it's exactly like the caste system in India, if you're born poor, then you will be poor for the rest of your life, which is completely untrue. People are so caught up in cliques, groups, and categories, that they completely blind to this.

    Audriana
    purplewolfprettysheep.blogspot.com

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  3. Just wanted to tell you that I'm in love with your blog - came via Already Pretty - am linking to you today in my post.

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  4. This is a really good post. And I love the label saying. I'm working on that.

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  5. After reading your blog for some time, I think the only label I would apply to you would be philosopher, and I hope that is general enough not to imply anything but a tendency to search for truth.

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  6. I struggle with this (like most people). The older I get the more I resent labels. Not so much for myself, I honestly don't care. But rather me labeling people. I seem to want to pigeon hole and be done with it. I think part of the reason I started my blog was to stop that. I've written a lot about beauty in the minds eye. Women being judgmental and if you think about it judgmental is usually followed closely by labeling in one aspect or another. I guess in my quest for simplicity I've learned that simplicity starts in the mind. Paring down items in your house is great but what about paring down thinking and simplifying our perceptions. Its my quest, not a popular one on blogger so I have a tendency not to write. But thats my own insecurity isn't it.

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  7. I love reading your blog because you are a writer and have well thought out posts. I know I'm going to take something away when I read it!

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