Apparently I’m a hipster – whatever that means. I quite like Urban Dictionary’s definition: “hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.” I’m quite happy to be labelled as such! Sounds like a pretty snazzy human if you ask me. So why is it used as such a derogatory term?
Hipster has become a way to describe pretension, but I fear it’s started to tar a group of people with the same brush when actually it isn’t pretension but a positive message of equality. The people I see being labelled as “hipster,” are particularly those who believe in, and speak about on a regular basis; lgbt+ rights, feminism, mindfullness and politics. What I see happening is people who perhaps don’t understand the message of equality within these areas thinking “oh it’s a man hater again,” -or something to that effect- and just sweeping aside the message as “hipster.” Why don’t you educate yourself on what these hipsters have to say, and then proceed to judge them. Anyway, I’m going off topic here…
I’m labelled as hipster because I wear flowery patterned clothes, listen to indie music and advocate mindfulness and equality… I am labelled as pretentious because I wear clothes and happen to like music that is now deemed “hipster,” and I believe in peace and equality. In that case, I like being hipster.
I wear flowery/patterned clothing (that yes, sometimes has moons and suns on, and Hawaiian prints) so obviously that makes me hipster. To that I say; I like what I wear and I feel awesome wearing it so hipster or not it’s not a bad thing. Also, I don’t just wear these things because I don’t limit myself to one category or persona – one day I’ll look like a fairy princess and the next I’ll be Bride-of-Dracula, so who’s the winner really?
I listen to indie rock so that obviously makes me hipster. This comment is so ridiculous it was painful to type. Stop being a music snob and let people enjoy whatever they like. Yes, I listen to ‘indie rock’ (oooh so hipster). I also listen to Metal and Screamo and Country and Techno, because again I don’t limit myself and all this music makes me happy. So hooray for being hipster, hipster music makes me smile!
I believe in peace and equality so obviously that makes me hipster. In which case we should all be hipster, case closed.