Hi everyone! I asked a few friends, family and classmates some questions about what they thought about self-harm, and what some misconceptions about it were. I will be posting a countdown every day, so stay tuned for that! When I am finished, I’ll post a list of all of them together.
#5. Self-harm is for “goths” and “emo people”
I won’t even go into how angry these labels and stereotypes make me. What is “goth” or “emo” anyway? Why do we associate self-injury with these two types of people? The notion of self-harm doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender, class, sexual orientation, or education level. It’s impossible to look at someone and determine if they self-injure (or not) by the way they look, or who they hang out with.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s misconceptions! Let me know in the comments what you think about each misconception.