We live in a world obsessed with labels, and most of them with good reason. Labels help us identify all kinds of things: what’s safe, what’s not (obvious labels on food, cleaning products, construction sites), what we like, what we don’t (flavors, genres, activities), find our tribe (special interest communities like clubs, sports teams, LGBT), etc.
Labels help us make sense of a messy, complicated, dynamic world.
But sometimes the helpfulness gives people false permission to impose labels onto others beyond what’s “helpful.” It’s easy for labels to become weapons of oppression for those wielding them and prisons for those they target.
Either way, labels are important in our society and unavoidable. So, how do we avoid giving away our power when it comes to labels?
Liv and her guest, Drew Bensen, scratch the surface of how impactful and pervasive labels are and how self-awareness can help us take our power back.