My post on product stashes a few weeks ago got me thinking about consumerism, materialism, and our online blogging culture. In particular, where the lines of passion and addiction are located. And, in a surprising twist, I came to the conclusion I don't like the term "product junkie."
Which is weird, because I've called myself a product junkie. And you can argue my blog is all about product junkie-ism (so. many. reviews!). But I haven chosen not to use it anymore because I think it does us all a serious disservice. Why? Because we aren't addicts. I think a large majority of us are really passionate about our hair and hair care. And this passion gets shown in our willingness to get online and share product reviews, put together tutorials, discuss the politics of wearing our hair natural, and even have serious discussions about the science behind why our hair does That Thing.
We don't tell techies that their desire to have the hottest and newest toys is bad. Or classic car collectors that they have a "useless" hobby. So why should we label ourselves with something so negative? Are we reclaiming it because loving beauty stuffs historically is seen as vain?
For me, I choose not to assign negative terms to things that I love or define me. I think doing that gives you space to see yourself and what brings you joy unfavorable. As a result, I have decided to avoid calling myself or others "product junkies." Our natural hair community is extremely passionate--that's why we tend to go nuts when someone is spreading wrong or bad information about us. And I want to use terms that describe, encapsulate, and highlight that love, passion, and sense of community.
I'm currently feeling the word "collector" as a replacement for "product junkie." It's a term I've picked up from the beauty blogging community. Do you like it? Or do you think I'm way off base with my dislike of the phrase "product junkie?" Tell me in the comments!
To give you an idea of how pretty this place is--I did no editing to these photos. Outside of slapping my little watermark on them.
|The view from the front porch|
image source: essence and Alice of Alice in Nappyland