I am an ordinary guy. Some people especially the ladies call guys like me as “Vanilla Guys”; meaning, nothing special. Why? Isn’t it that vanilla ice cream’s just an ordinary ice cream? Right, nothing special. I don’t know if being a vanilla guy also means boy-next-door-type but I pretty am sure that it means a relatively imperfect guy. In other word, flawed. So if you are untalented or dim-witted or unappealing, then don’t get surprised when someone calls you a vanilla guy.
The opposite of the Vanilla guys are the model type, talented and intelligent, all combined type of guys. They call them the “Genetic Lottery Winners”. It’s like all the greatest blessings were showered to them. Possibly, when God showered all the best things in life, they were all awake, and I was still in bed dreaming. Why “Genetic Lottery Winner”? The proposed and acceptable theory to that is yes, genetics.
Same is true for the ladies. Guys and even girls categorize them as Hipon, Lollipop and Dama.
The “Hipon” or “Shrimps” (add “Prawns”) possess voluptuous and Coke-bottle-like bodies, or have acquired over extending bumpers or humps as they call them. Adverse: Unfortunately they haven’t gained the fullness of being beautiful. You can eat the body but not the head or face, just like a shrimp.
“Lollipop” is the opposite of “Hipon”. Precious head but worthless body. These are the pretty (add “Cute”, but cute refers to ugly but presentable e?), beautiful, good-looking, gorgeous, appealing, name it! But strictly referred to the face. Forget the body, unless you really mind. The body can be extra large, extra small or unblessed.
“Dama” is jackpot!
Need I say more? Everything edible? LOL.
Those were some labels used by people to describe others. My point here is to actually not share the different terms used by the many to label a person (Owell, partly. I know many still don’t know these terms.) but rather to share my thoughts about the awful effects of labeling.
Labelling or Labeling (US) is defining or describing a person in terms of his or her behavior.
Effects of Labeling:
Consumption of Assumptions.
When we label, we assume that there are certain people who are of the same kind; or people with the same race will have the same behavior or attitude. For example, if you happen to see a stupid American, you will automatically assume that all Americans are dumb. That is an assumption. Assumptions will then lead to stereotyping like what is happening in the US, they separate Asians, Whites, Blacks, Mexicans, Jews, etc. Stereotyping can lead to name-calling and verbal abuse.
We are blinded by labeling.
Do you notice the big labels of the bottled foods in the super market? They’re so big that it prevents you from seeing the contents of these products. Same is true in labeling people. You will be hindered or obstructed by labeling to see the real person.
Labeling is hurtful.
The use of labels is more than unfair. And, "labeling" is different from "describing".
Describing: Lito is a Filipino.
Labeling: Lito is a Flip.
Did you see the difference?
Labeling can divide people.
Labeling can make people hate people. Society hate a society. Group hates a group. Did you notice how people build their own groups?
Gays vs. Straights
Blacks vs. Whites
Males vs. Females
Catholic vs. Jew vs. Muslims
Nerds vs. Losers
Owell, I just want to share this because I am really against labeling. I hope those who label people will realize the adverse effects of labeling. It can hurt, might even kill a person. Most of the time also, those who love to label are the ones who deserve to be labeled. Que barbaridad!