Blog post #4: Response to Drawing Blood: Being a Poor Person in America

This blog post made me think about the stigma that goes along with being poor. Stigma, according to Goffman, is a mark of social disgrace, it is something that can make you see a person in a way that makes them seem inferior.  In the blog post, it says that “We both used tricks to make our parents’ jobs sound as respectable as possible”. What does respectable even mean anyway? Who’s to say that a bar manager or a secretary doesn’t work as hard or harder than someone with a more “respectable” job position? It’s honestly sad and annoying how people aren’t comfortable with telling the truth because their afraid of the stigma that goes along with whatever that said persons truth may be-even if the truth is that you are poor. People are ashamed of where the come from because of the stigma that goes a long with it.

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5 responses to “Blog post #4: Response to Drawing Blood: Being a Poor Person in America

  1. You are annoyed at the fact that people who are poor won’t admit that they’re poor? Stigma goes way beyond the casual encounter with a friend or stranger. It affects your live from school, employment, relationships and so on. Labeling theory tells us when a group of people are stigmatized they face challenges that arise beneath the surface.

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  3. melobermeier24

    People aren’t comfortable with telling the truth, because all people do in this world is judge. A person wants to feel like they can fit it, and especially if they don’t want anyone to know they are poor of course they are going to say something different. What the author in this article chose to lie about was what his parents do, but I am pretty sure almost everyone has lied about something that they are ashamed of. No one is perfect and although not everyone has realized that yet it will eventually happen.

  4. I also read the blood on “Drawing Blood” and had the same thoughts you have expressed on your post. During the author’s interaction with the other person we see that in fact they did both try to make their parents jobs a bit more interesting so neither one would stigmatize each other toward poverty. It is a shame how we stigmatize the poor and how untrue many of the stigmas are. Many people are afraid to tell anyone about living in poverty because in some cases people often pity them or think negatively toward them. I agree with the second comment that we often lie to fit in and not be the person in the group whom everyone knows is different from the others.

  5. Respectable… I agree. What is that anyway? Is it a salary number? The color of your collar? How many people you boss around? The number of syllables in your job title?

    I’ve met quite a few garbage men with great salaries and fantastic benefits… and doctors with shady ethics and sparse appointments on the books. It’s unusual the things we consider fancy.

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