What do you see when you look in the mirror?
What do other people see when they look at you?
You go to school and automatically you are put into a clique. There’s the jocks, the preps, the nerds, the emos, the chavs, the popular kids, the loners. Things get slightly better in sixth form, people mix a little bit more, but there are still those labels.
When you see people in the street you automatically label people as they walk by- “she’s a slut,” “wow, he’s geeky,” “she’s a bit butch- clearly a lesbian.” What you don’t know is that girl you think is a slut, has actually never even kissed a boy. The geeky guy is the most popular kid in school. The ‘lesbian’ has been with her boyfriend for over a year.
We perceive people of a certain sex, religion and race in a particular way. Some people to a higher extent than others. White people can’t dance, women are only good for cooking and cleaning, black men have big… feet 😉 People with mental disorders are labelled all the time. He’s got schizophrenia? Dangerous! It’s the same with people with physical or genetic disorders. We’ve all heard the words used everyday. I use them myself, and I have one! Mental, lunatic, mad, psycho, freak, retard, spastic. It may be easier said than done, but we need to cut off these labels before we make a judgement.
Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.
– Martina Navratilova