Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall Shaming

I was reading one of my favorite food blogs the other day and the author said something that troubled me.
"I’m not getting involved with consuming pumpkin things yet… but I cracked and lit some fall candles. I want to say it’s my favorite season, because it is, but how annoying is it that everyone in the world is like omgit’smyfavoriteseasonyayfall and it’s technically still summer?"
I don't blame the author of the blog, because frankly I am convinced she was sent from heaven to be my own personal Fairy Foodmother and is thereby incapable of doing wrong ever.

I blame society for allowing this disgusting behavior to go on for so long.

It's a real problem, and it's called fall shaming.

Fall shaming is a label for social control of the enjoyment of autumn by exposing a person to shame for engaging in - or being perceived to engage in - premature, untimely or abnormally early behaviors that would usually be associated with the fall season.

Friends, we cannot keep doing this to each other. It is time to break the shame cycle. 

So you drank a pumpkin spice latte when it was still 95 degrees outside? So what? Who cares?

So you started wearing scarves and boots in mid-July? DO YOU.

So the giant wooden bear carved from a log in your living room is still wearing a Santa hat from last year because you never put it away and now you're sort of thinking it's close enough to Christmas that you might as well just leave it there? YOU'RE ME.

Together, we can make a difference.



1 comment:

Frederick Garza said...

Giant bear carved from a log in your living room you say. You are my favorite cousin now.