Misrepresentation

A small rant… sorry if it’s muddled. I’m still sick. Blah.

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Norway & Sweden

As some of y’all know, I started drinking something called Swedish (or Norwegian) Egg coffee recently.  If you click those two links, you’ll see the videos I posted about this very thing.  In the comments of said videos, there is inevitably someone from either Sweden or Norway who will say: “I’m from Sweden (or Norway) and no one makes coffee like this.”  And that kind of ticks me off.

Why? I’ll tell you why.

Because there are approximately 9.9 million people in Sweden and 5.2 million people in Norway and that one person assumes to speak for all of them. This happens all the freaking time too. Not just on coffee videos. Like someone posts a video of something that’s supposed to be Southern oriented (that’s Southern to the United States) and someone will inevitably say, “I’m from The South, and this isn’t true” or some such nonsense. But guess what, sweet cheeks?

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The Southern US (google Images)

The South is a huge place and what’s true for your little corner of it might not be true for someone else’s. Hell, Texas has a bigger population than Sweden (at ~23 million people) so one person can’t assume to speak for all of Texas let along all of the other what? 14 or so states that make up The South. And honestly, I don’t understand why people feel the need to say anything at all in these situations. Just because they have never experienced something they have an obligation to stand up and declare it’s falsehood or something?  Nope, I’ve never seen nor heard of this, so it can’t possibly be true.

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Let people enjoy things…

Look, I don’t give a rat’s ass where someone is from, what gender they are, what their native language is, or what religion they practice. What burns my buns is when one person stands up and has the audacity to speak for every single person in whatever “group” they’ve assigned themselves to for that particular comment.  I’m a female person, and it makes me furious when some woman gets on her high horse and claims to speak for “every woman here”.  And I often will tell them that: No! you do not speak for me!  Because, dear reader, unless I personally say to someone, “Yeah, I agree with what you say.” then that person does not speak for me. And it just irks me when people assume that they speak for whatever group they presume to belong to. It’s as if they believe they are part of some homogeneous mass with no variety and no individual identity.  It’s kind of a creepy thought if you think about it.

Blah, I tried to make some cosmetic changes (pictures and stuff) and probably made this look worse than it was. I’m still sick with a cold and should quit while I’m ahead.

4 thoughts on “Misrepresentation

  1. Melanie B Cee

    You GO. Sick or not, your points are valid and actually chap my non-existant nads too. I’m sure I’ve been guilty a time or more of generalizing, but I TRY my best to say things like “in MY opinion” or “from MY experience”, so that a whole group isn’t jumbled into whatever point I’m trying to make. Thanks for speaking UP for a whole group of people…

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  2. Abigail

    You speak the truth, Willow. One person or organization is incapable of representing an entire social group. The other side of the coin is also true. You shouldn’t take one or two members of a group and apply their actions, speech, etc., to the entire group. Generalizations are the root of much conflict.

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    1. Willow Post author

      You’re right, though I thought it was implied that this is true as well. I very rarely if ever paint an entire group of people with the actions of one member. I dislike generalizations and am very much about dealing with individuals.

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