I am not a label. Are you?

Thanks to Amanda and Elizabeth for this thought provoking image from their FB page. If you were to build a collage such as this for yourself, what would you put in it?

As I looked at this, I noticed the medical diagnosis in the background, which had my mind expanding into that arena, as well as all the social labels we put on ourselves. Here is what I would include in a collage about me;

America's Next Top Models Posing MamavisionPictures of models since I’ll never shake that label. This is one that I had to let go of a long time ago because if I tried to “live up” to societies expectations of what I am supposed to look like, I would die trying.

A bitchy looking corporate woman. Get ready girls, success with the Big Boys means you are judged from head to toe constantly — and not just from the men.

The word “bitchy” is just so tired isn’t it? Can’t they come up with something more creative?

Reality is that BITCHY translates into CONFIDENCE. And don’t forget it.

I am an certified nut job and proud of it. Any sort of mental illness or condition in this society is still treated as taboo which is a total crock. Millions of people have been helped or even had their lives saved by trying SSRIs and other meds to help their brain chemicals stabilize….but why still the secrecy about it?

I hope I live to see the day when mental illness and medical illness are one in the same. Did you know that over 80% of medical illnesses are believed to be caused by mental illness/stress?

Ok, ready for your list !



About mamaV

Former Paris model providing advice for eating disorder sufferers who aspire to be thin, follow the proana lifestyle, and lack self esteem.
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3 Responses to I am not a label. Are you?

  1. Araea says:

    My labels would include:

    Ballerina- my life since 3

    RAINN Sticker- the one label I will never be able to get rid of is rape victim.

    And a Closed Mouth- opinionated, but incredibly shy and quiet around others…most likely ties into the being raised as a ballerina and told to be something pretty to look at because that’s all a woman should be…eww!

  2. Christine says:

    I hope someday you transfrom from victim to survivor, araea.

    EDs are funny, you go months with no problem and in a week you’re back to craziness.

    My biggest label right now is Mom, which means I have to be a good example. And not let the other stuff show.

  3. John says:

    Mental illnesses shouldn’t be taboo, I agree. But self-reliant, natural cures should be found, not ones that rely on user addiction to generate profit for the pharmaceutical industry (whose lobbying group is by far the largest and most well funded in Washington).

    Sometimes they are genetic, and in this case, natural selection ought to take its course. To cover it up with drug cocktails is no different than lying. It sounds cruel, but so is nature, and natural law is inescapable. We can temporarily defy it, but the nature will react to restore balance, and the consequences will be even greater. We thought we were lords of the universe, and now global warming threatens to wreck the earth. Pharmaceutical medicine is no different. It is tampering with the natural course of things.

    Bitchy is not the same thing as confidence. Confidence is firmly believing in one’s own capability, and not being afraid to express this to others. Confident people are calm and charismatic, and always take control of a situation. They are 100% secure about themselves, and thus they do not constantly scrutinize and fixate on the power dynamics within a group. Their assertiveness comes naturally, and not as a result of competitive dynamics. Bitchiness is having a number of deeply ingrained insecurities or mental complexes that manifest itself in irrational bouts of anger whenever someone touches on a sore subject. The actions and words of bitchy people are driven by their insecurities and inadequacies, and they assert themselves through small details and things of minor consequence, rather than the big picture.

    Of course, men can be just as bitchy as women, if not more so.

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