"Beetle" people…

Wednesday, February 5, 2014



Last night, leaving the gym/dance studio, one of the gymnastics instructors glanced across the parking lot, saw that my car (the Beetle) was the only one parked there, looked at me and said, "Yeah… I figured you'd drive a bug" and then walked off to find his own car parked in another lot.  

I wasn't all that sure how to take this comment.  I mean, I've always thought that bugs are adorable and the people who drive them tend to be pretty flipping awesome, but he said it with a smirk (not the happy, I-totally-approve kind of smirk) that made me really uncertain.  

I know I'm not in high school, and totes shouldn't give a gosh dang what people think of me, but this strange exchange made me start pondering stigmas.  

I'm one of those jolly-flipping weirdos that doesn't easily fit into one box, but I certainly have encountered my share of stigmas.  I'm the blonde one, the skinny one, the little one, but really… I'm also a human being.  I like glitter.  I'd wear a nose ring every day if my job would allow it.  I wish I could have violet-coloured hair.  I wear high heels 100% more than I should because I've got arthritis AND an addiction to footwear that makes me taller.  

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a stigma and wanted to do something about it? 







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38 comments :

  1. your car is awesome!!
    as a girly girl, guys are often surprised that I can have a fairly vulgar sense of humour at times. as a Christian (I guess?), I think somehow I give off the impression that I'm super chaste or something, because I've had guy friends tell me to cover my ears when they're about to talk about something gross or dirty, when in fact, I could think of worse things than they would dream of. At first I thought maybe it was an age thing, but I'm older than them so it can't be that lol idk!
    I think that you are a cute, quirky girl, and your car is cute and quirky, too :)

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    1. Well, thank you! I wrote you a letter the other day, but cannot seem to get my hands on an envelope, so it's been sitting on my desk all week! I suck!

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  2. You're honestly the cutest! Love your blog and your big smile in almost every post. I wouldn't read much into his judge-y comment either - I don't think you can help but smile when you see a Beetle car, he's probably just envious of your happy-go-lucky outlook on life :)

    I've faced my share of stigmas also, though the cultural ones stand out more so. My background is half Taiwanese half German, and when I go to family outings, the Taiwanese side always seems disapproving that a) I can't speak Mandarin, and b) I'm not a doctor or scientist haha, but I can't be bothered reading too much into it. My life not theirs! :)

    Have a great rest of your week!

    http://littlemacbook.blogspot.ca/

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  3. A shame that was said...maybe a joke, but not very funny really. Not to worry about that really. I don't really fit in any boxes and I don't want to really, that would be boring, I prefer to take a bit of each box when I feel like it and glitter is always awesome :)) xx

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    1. Idk… maybe I took it the wrong way and shouldn't have. Glitter is my favourite.

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  4. I think we've all had the unfortunate experience of being categorized into a stereotype/stigma... particularly when people don't know us! Don't let it affect you negatively though...no one is defined by solely one aspect! And your car is supeeeer cute; you're adorable!

    Mariela ❤
    Raven On a Desk

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    1. Frustraging… yes… I just invented a new word!

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  5. So funny! I drive a Beetle too, and I have definitely gotten that before "You totally look like you'd drive a bug" don't know exactly what that means but I love my bug so I'll take it. :)

    Candida

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    1. I normally take it as a compliment, but there was just something in the way he said it that totally irked me!

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  6. Cute pics)))I like your blog!)Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know in my blog. xoxo
    http://www.elationofcreation.com/

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  7. Screw that guy! Your image is so happy and cute. My image changes on a day to day basis so I think I just confuse people, haha.

    http://theleatherfannypack.tumblr.com/

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    1. Gracias! It's wonky cos I tend to be happy-go-lucky… but I'm also depressed… I'm a flipping dichotomy!

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  8. Tres tres cool!
    SSSx
    www.stylestreetstalker.com

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  9. I adore this look and puctures :)

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  10. Haha, I love Beatles, they are so cute!!
    I am known as 'the little one' too, but I love my height, it make wearing heels so easy :) xo

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  11. I so get that! Stigma's exist everywhere around me. I wanted to buy a Mini Cooper and got "made fun of" for even wanting that car? Huh??? It's weird, but hey! I think it's cute and love it! :)

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    1. I would love a Mini with a Union Jack on the roof! I get made fun of for that, too!

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  12. I always felt judged for being so stubborn in doing something creative with my life. I fee like when I tell people that I write for a living they think I'm crazy and it shows in their eyes :D I love your bug and wish I had one too. Wish mine was pink :P

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    1. So frustrating! Why can't people just accept that everyone is different and has their own life to live and not be critical about it?

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  13. Beetles are such cute cars! I remember those were my dream cars as a kid because they're so darn cute. If I could pick any color it'd be that baby green or yellow. Even to this day I think Beetles are so cute and Beetles owners are always so fun. The guy has probably never experience the sheer joy that comes with driving a cute car.

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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    1. I really wanted to get a red one, so I could stick black polka dots on it and turn it into a ladybug! I don't know if this particular beetle comes with sheer joy, as it likes to break down about once a week, but it is pretty adorable!

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  14. Love the pictures, the colours are beautiful.

    http://www.fuckhighclass.blogspot.com

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  15. I think your style is perfectly cute and amazing, so fuck what he said! We're always going to find people who mess up with us, but as long as we are happy with ourselves and the way we look, it's enough!
    Loved the pictures and your sunglasses rock! xx

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    1. Right? I don't know why it irked me the way it did, but it did… the weird thing is that I took these photos a week before the whole incident… it's like I knew it was going to happen!

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  16. Cute outfit <3

    Ines Loves
    Have a lovely day! <3
    XOXO
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  17. One of my biggest "flaws" is that I care too much about what others think about me. Society is so judgmental that I feel you have to be uber confident not to give a damn about what others think. However, I have ALWAYS wanted a Bug! They're such a cute, fun little car with big personality. I don't see what's so wrong about that! Besides, you seem like a happy, fun person as well! :)

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  18. People are always trying to put me in a box too. It does get frustrating but I love to keep 'em guessing and never ever let them place me!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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