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Stereotypes to Subcultures

by Ana Mihajloska on 7th September, 2012 at 3:47 PM CEST

Our society is full of different subcultures such as jazz, punk, hip hop, rave cultures etc. With the rapid flow of things, more and more new trends appear and spread with an amazing speed among the youth nowadays. However, there are many people who don’t have an open mind about the new styles and trends that are becoming increasingly popular.

Those people are usually from the older generations, who do not want to detach from the conservative way in which they were raised. With that, they affect the younger generations, i.e. their children to think the same way as they do. Of course, it is up to one person to decide what they will believe in, but the peer pressure and the pressure from the parents results in creating and boosting stereotypes.

Is it right to judge people according to their appearance and ideology?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however, that opinion is often dictated by the media. For example, the punk subculture's distinctive style of clothing was adopted by mass-market fashion companies once the subculture became a media interest. Thrash metal look also became very popular in the last few years: high ankle sneakers, skinny jeans and texas vests, they are all now considered fashionable.

It seems like the members of a subculture are stigmatized until the media makes it acceptable for people to dress in a certain way. This is wrong because clothing is not the only thing that differentiates one subculture from the rest. People seem to miss an important “detail” here, and that is the ideology of the subculture.

Furthermore, a subculture that has raised a lot of fame is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Members of LGBT culture have been discriminated because of their sexual orientation, they still experience insults, attacks and are even being murdered by the hostile and condemning environment.

What this condemning environment fails to see is the fact that a lot of LGBT people have left an enormous impact on a lot of fields.

For example, Alan Turing was a computer scientist who served in World War II, broke the Germans' Engima Code, and was harassed by the British government for being gay until he committed suicide in 1954.

"In a remarkable historic rarity, the British government has formally apologized for this. The Turing story is a fascinating one, including a demonstration that LGBT people can excel not only in the arts and humanities, but also the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)." - A.J. Lopp

Unfortunately, that is just one example out of many of the harsh treatment towards homosexuals. Society has advanced since 1954 regarding this issue, however stereotypes are still present.

Would you deny your identity if you belong to a certain subculture due to stereotypes or will you be persistent enough and stand up for yourselves?

Ana, Action Team #9

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Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Hats off Ana for your outstanding article and out and loud made points! Congrats!

And two great questions! The first on the picture, the second and the very end. Those who deny their very own identity only meet more obstacles in their walk of life! I can go on for a very long time on this topic, but will stop here and see for other comments.

Congrats once more! :)

7th September, 2012 @ 4:38 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Thank you Stefan :) I totally agree with you about the obstacles. And I am looking forward to your next comment :D

7th September, 2012 @ 10:33 PM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

Brain scratching article, Ana.

To comment is too easy but to live out the reality is really a challenge.

I have no option to deny what i am. Really, I cannot. Personally, at least, i have to identify my real and original self. Because whether I am from Conservatives or subcultures, first rule of harmonious life is BELIEVE YOURSELF. This Believing self process is as difficult as i can think, but somewhat same to whatever the person is.
Then, socially...

I have to find out the dignified way of living. First thing, i will establish myself as 'successful' in 'so called' world. People really have no logic being being conservative, but if i am weak, they will not allow me to live properly, because I'm not following the USELESS traditions of them.

Second thing, I will do is that i will find out my own circle where my day to day life will be joyful and no resistance for my originality. I motivate myself through whatever means but I will not leave. I cannot leave.

If I will be successful in these establishment of dignified and successful life, i will use my all efficiency to become the powerful instrument for change in "General Thinking and Acceptance" and turn my so called weakness into strength. I will write the books, publish the adds, write the scripts of movies and dramas, and work hard for shift in the Outlook.

What I can perceive, that we are shifting very gradually and accepting the Diversities of life. I personally recommend all the Youth-Think-Tank to study (not only to watch) "Taboo", a serial with same subject but really needed to broad our thinking. {http://channel.nationalgeogra phic.com/channel/taboo/episode s/changing-gender1/}

We live in DIVERSE, not in UNIVERSE. - Cage Innoye

8th September, 2012 @ 7:46 AM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Dharmesh, great points. We have to embrace what we are and not suppress it because of the, as you said "useless traditions". If we stick to those kinds of traditions there will be no progress whatsoever.
About the show on NatGeo, I have seen a commercial but never actually got the chance to watch it on TV, so thank you for the link :) And the quote - mindblowing! A lot is said with just once sentence.

9th September, 2012 @ 12:36 PM CEST

Emilija Georgievska

Emilija Georgievska | Action team

Good job, Ana! Standing up to your beliefs can be very challenging if you are not part of the majority. I have always admired ordinary people who are set in their ways and truly and honestly live according to their own principles, without imposing themselves to the wider public. Unfortunately, they are only a few these days.

@Darmesh, thanks for the suggested link. Can we watch the series online??

9th September, 2012 @ 7:54 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

@Emilija, standing up to your beliefs is not just enough, though may it seem challenging; I think the culture makes it challenging, because in school they teach you what to think, not how to think. And those ordinary people who follow their own principles in spite of everything, I think we can name them 'exceptional'.

If we expand the topic of acceptances in general, you will see how seeing the different from you is an experience much more wider! There is a certain kind of greatness in seeing the other. Sometimes you identify yourself when seeing the thing you are not. However, not seeing it - the others (the subcultures in this case) is the act of making the obstacles. And it feels like always the "what is supposed to be 'subculture'" defines the "culture" (the example with the East and the West where everyone forgets that "the West" originates from "the East")
I've remembered mentioning this somewhere, but must add it here again, otherness is greatness; expanding of horizons on many levels.

10th September, 2012 @ 1:38 AM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

@ Ana: The next article of mine is on this topic of Diversity.

@ Emilija: We have to search according to region for online broadcasting. NatGeo has various right distribution according to area.

@ Stephan: True saying. The acceptance in general has wider and many views. The black gets its life from white.

10th September, 2012 @ 8:18 AM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Quite a challenging topic, mind-provoking and mind-opening at the same time. You know how they say, the mind is like a parachute, works best when open! Thank you Ana for this lovely article!

10th September, 2012 @ 12:15 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Yes Dharmesh and the white get its life from the black. They are complementary, such is everything else.

10th September, 2012 @ 1:13 PM CEST

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