More Than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You're With Doesn't Define Who You Are
Preppie. Techie. Geek. Freak. Goth. Jock. These are just a few of the labels teens endure every day. Labels limit. They stereotype. And, often, they hurt. In her first book, 17-year-old author Aisha Muharrar tackles a tough topicone every teen can relate to. Drawing on her own experiences and insights, she also incorporates first-person stories from teens across America. More than 1,000 teens ages 13-17 responded to her survey about labels and labeling. They live in big cities, small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, and they have a lot to sayabout how they're labeled and how it feels, whether they label their peers, where labels come from, and more. Aisha shows that labels aren't as simple as they may seem. For example, if you play sports, get good grades, skateboard, and like to wear all black, are you a nerdy jock-skater who's into goth, or a skater goth-jock who's a bit of a nerd? Are labels always a sign of scorn or sometimes a source of pride? She goes beyond labels to consider related issuesincluding cliques, peer pressure, popularity, racism, sexism, and homophobia. MORE THAN A LABEL brings the subject of labeling to a new level of awareness and understanding. It empowers students to stand up for themselves, understand others, and consider the power of words. For teachers, parents, and other caring adults, it's an enlightening journey into the world teens live in every day.