If a scientist/researcher sat you down in front of a computer, showed you a picture of a Goth and asked you if you think of that person as a successful millionaire or failure in abject poverty, which would you choose? Be honest. There are only two choices.
We all know that we are combating a negative stereotype every time we have the opportunity to give someone a first impression. The goal is to give them a good first impression. The only way to do that and get consistent results is to make every meeting people have with us a positive one (whether face-to-face or not). The only way to move up through the classes is to be classy.
The cold hard fact is that we cannot change current bias, perception, and stereotypes because it is what it is for now. However, what we can do is be a role model. We can control how we communicate, how we present ourselves through poise and confidence, and our own ability to accept others unconditionally. How could we ever expect others to accept us if we cannot accept simple loaded words, such as “mainstream,” “tradition,” “church,” “corporate,” etc.
Not only should our open-minded service be associated with quality, but even the products we produce should be quality products, meaning that we want to raise stores like Spencer’s from Wal-Mart to Target (pronounced “tar-zhay“). When we are rich and successful,* we will not be buying from the dollar store anymore. Everything will have Renfaire (Renaissance Faire) tailor-made quality, not Hot Topic pleather quality.
Quality in, quality out. That’s how we’ll turn perceptions about.
*Success should not always be measured in monetary terms, but money is generally a very tangible, numerical measurement.
- Does plus-size fashion need a revolution? (ukcredit.com)
- Ye Olde Old Renfair Wedding (wedinator.icanhascheezburger.com)
- Fashion by Famine: Safety in tatters as clothing firms exploit the poor (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Gencon 2012: Cosplay Abuse (doucheydm.com)