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Hipsters not limited to stereotypes

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 15:02

Not everyone who shops fairtrade or organic and takes public transportation is a hipster.

Society has been plagued with a stereotype that has become so overused that now, everyone is a hipster.

OK, maybe not everyone.

It would seem that when someone calls someone else a hipster, it in turn makes the person doing the labeling, a hipster.

Therefore, the name calling eventually makes everyone a hipster, including myself.

It’s time for those who have different tastes to step up to the plate and claim their individualism.

Recently, anything anyone ever does has become associated with the stereotype.

You only take public transportation? Hipster!
Shopping at Whole Foods? Hipster!
Not eating fast food? Hipster!
The word is everywhere. From the mouths of our peers to articles in the New York Times.

Endless lists have been made on blogs on how you can tell if you are a hipster.

But what if the individual really does care about what they put into their bodies and how it’s produced?
Believe it or not, people who care about the environment and choose not to drive actually exist.

Not all of mainstream music is tasteful, nor is all of it great.

Listening to artists on independent labels does not have to make you smug. It might just mean you need some variety because rappers like Drake are not perfect.

It is unfair to categorize certain individuals for caring or creating choices outside of what most consider normal.

Thrift shops and Goodwill were not created for hipsters. They provide actual benefits to the community and the environment.

Recycling clothing to prevent them from sitting in landfills or buying items from the Salvation Army should not be trendy. Sure, there are telltale signs of the stereotype  — the huge glasses that do not fit their faces and the Instagram photos that are so “artistic” they leave you with no clue what you are looking at.

However, judging has become so out-of-hand that walking into a coffee shop that is not Starbucks has one labeled a hipster.

It’s not my fault that I think Starbucks tastes watered down and I prefer sitting at coffee shops where the blender is not constantly going off.  
Hipsters, by definition, are people who think they are better than everyone else because of the choices they make.

Real hipsters do not like to share. The music they listen to is theirs and theirs only.

However, there are those who listen to independent artists and want to share their new-found music.

Do not judge them. They are simply trying to open you up to something new.

Anyone can care about the food they consume, drive less, or try something new without being labeled.


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