I believe a good label to be worth it’s weight in gold (or healthy dollars anyway).
- The labels I like? Authentic, accurate, real.
- Labels I don’t like? False, inaccurate, overtly off base.
So while I like what Christina Perozzi is doing, I don’t like the label “chick” for females and marketing to them/for them/about them. It sends the wrong message, whether intended that way or not.
My research shows over and over (as well as other well documented research) that sexualized, slang, inappropriate labels are harmful. Not neutral – harmful.
Regardless of if it is meant humorously, it will more than likely be a not so great choice. Regardless if you call yourself a chick to your female friends, it makes me nervous – misconception is a hard thing to put asunder.
Authenticity is critical – for selling your brand, for getting buy in and buyers, and for being true to accuracy.
I’m not talking censorship – I’m talking respectfulness, I’m talking about good taste good taste.
Respect your audience. All of them – even the ones you incidentally touch.
Photo courtesy of Flickr by pt