Labels should be left for soup cans, not people

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

It seems that in today’s society we push for labels all the time. When it comes to our economic status, gender, sexuality, or more relatably, our majors, we just really love putting people into boxes.

I really don’t care that you are gay, straight, genderqueer, rich, poor, black, white or anything thing else you can think of.

What’s important is that you are healthy, mentally and physically, that you can survive the world around you and that you can care for those you love.

No one should be judged based on whom they love or what their pronouns are. We should only be judging people who like to eat lemons because lemons
are disgusting.

No one should be defined by their skin color or their religion. We should only be judging people who like Vanilla Ice because does he actually have talent?

We should only tell people what to like when it comes to clothes because let’s be honest, those shoes do not work with those pants.

We should not put people into boxes categorical by what we want them to be. We should be telling people to break out of their boxes, come out of their closets and live their life the way they want to.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to see how we continue to put labels on people because let’s be honest, nobody fits a perfect label.

There is not a label in the world that can completely describe who a person is.

I prefer to drop all labels all together. When someone assumes my sexual orientation, gender or any other aspect about me, I take it as a compliment.

I do not go out of my way to correct others because I don’t think it is needed. In my opinion, we should just keep living the lives we want to and ignore what others may think.

The labels that we put on ourselves, or that others put on us, not only keep us from reaching new stages in life, but they inhibit us from change.

What if someone puts a label on themselves and it is wrong? Gender and sexuality, among many others, are fluid.

Sure, you can say you are white, black, this or that, but what good does that do? Shouldn’t we be matching our similarities to relate to one another instead of trying to
be different?

Differences push us apart in a time that, more than ever, needs us to come together. I am not innocent of avoiding labels.

I often label myself as an LGBT+, Christian, Conservative, with a little extra around my edges and a mild Dr. Pepper addiction. It is something that we have all done since we were taught to talk, walk, and think freely.

This is something that should be ended in order for us to spread the peace, love, and acceptance we all seek. Stop putting labels on everything and let’s start to discover
our similarities.