people who think “labels r bad” are laboring underneath a fundamental misunderstanding of language and of human psychology
i encourage these people to look up information on color as a social construct (heres a place to start)
why is this relevant? well, this might come as a shock to you, but the human ability to see and distinguish color is directly related to how we define color with words. the language of color usually evolves from a few dichotomies — dark and light, cold and warm. how it develops from there is dependant on the culture — and their environment — and the consequence of this is that different cultures may have completely different perceptions of color
if the language you have at your disposal doesnt distinguish between two types of color — for example, different warmths of brown, or the hue differences between yellow-green and blue-green — then you may find it difficult to actually see the difference between those colors. someone who speaks a language that does? would see the contrast like night and day
think about that for awhile. mull it over in your mind. think about all the things you begin to notice as soon as you learn the words for them. think about how taxonomy effects you in your daily life. NAMES ARE IMPORTANT. names are the difference between the visible and invisible
if you find yourself chafing at the idea of people giving names (“labels”) to themselves, think about this: what is it that youre trying not to see?
The concept of language presented here is called Linguistic Relativity, and it’s also called the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis and it’s been… disproved. Or at least, the strong theory has been.
By ‘the strong theory’ here I’m referring to your presented idea that people who don’t have a word for the color can’t see the color as well as people who do. By this extent, there are millions of people in several asian and african language circles who are limited in the color palette that they see. By this extent, also, home-renovator-moms are ready to take on the Mantis Shrimp in a competition of ‘guess the color’ because they’ve memorized all the shades of paint at Home Depot.
This has been tested and it simply isn’t true. The difference for speakers of Russian between light blue and dark blue (which does have a verbal distinction) isn’t “light and day” for them than it is for American speakers, who only have light/dark adjectives to distinguish the shades. They can more easily name it because they’re trained throughout their life to distinguish those two linguistically in a different way, but they’re not any more likely to be able to be color savants when it comes to blue.
THAT BEING SAID, words we have at our disposal DO affect us. They’re important milestones for our social development. If you’re a doctor and have an interest (even a financial one) in bodyparts to keep your job, you’re gonna fucking know a femur from a humerus instead of just saying “long limb bony thing”. If you’re an artist, you know several things like color theory and cross-hatching and etc… that might not make it into the vocab of other people. Because it’s important to you, and it makes expressing your ideas easier. Nowadays, labels regarding sexuality/romantic orientation are becoming the norm. Probably a good time to learn the terms.
I’m all for labels, really. They’re a natural part of creating language to suit our needs. But please don’t make it seem like people who prefer not to use them are struggling behind the rest of you like uneducated neanderthalls unable to distinguish between homoromantic and hetroromantic. It doesn’t take a label to understand the difference.
In fact, if you prefer not to use labels, FINE. That’s fucking cool. When you’re in the process of figuring out what you are, labels can sometimes seem like menacing traps, not friendly helpful umbrellas to run under. (That might be in part the responsibility of the community to portray themselves as open and accepting.)
But if you refuse to learn someone else’s identity because you don’t ‘see labels’ or don’t like to use them… well… you’re just being a dick and refusing to learn something about your friend that might be extremely important to them and a huge part of their identity.
azesdrftghjnkghjd no, you don’t understand, Kojirō is such a sweetie and Haruka is such a sweetie that they could trust each other about their Pokémon needing rest……………..
James is such a sweetheart it’s ridiculous.
James is the best pokémon trainer ever. He asks if his pokémon WANTS to join him.
I want the pokemon games to have a James option where you can decide to ask a pokemon if they want to join your party.. it should be an option you can only pick at the start and if they say no you let them go and leave them alone
That would be amazing yes please
one time my sister walked in on my fingering myself so I told her that I was checking my prostate because I was feeling sick and I was afraid I had cancer and we spent a good 15 minutes hugging each other crying
I met this twerking, albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
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All bird are bird, but some bird more bird than other bird
I love my psychology textbook, you guys.
Danny getting some head-scratching.