Stereotype Myths of Mobile Homes
Stereotypes are part of life here in America. We, perhaps conscientiously, stereotype everything. The majority of these stereotypes are falsely garnered and considered stereotype myths; opinions based on false or misleading information.
We have stereotype myths for older men driving sports cars, younger women that marry older men, rich people and poor people. All of them have some sort of classification or name that automatically gets attached to them upon first sight. It’s not fair to judge anyone and more often than not, the stereotype doesn’t apply.
I would love to change the stereotype of mobile homes. Let the world know we are just like them, and our homes are perfectly fine. The stereotype I hate the most is that only poor people live in mobile and manufactured homes. I live in a single wide, and we are well above the yearly income guidelines of poverty set forth by the state. We both have some college education and make decent livings so why are we considered trailer trash?
Then again, I may be generalizing it all too neatly. Not everyone thinks alike, nor does everyone care what type of homes people lives in.
What Others Think of Mobile Homes
I recently asked a few friends once about what “Trailer Trash” meant to them. Their answers surprised me. They said that the words were more associated with those that just couldn’t or didn’t make improvements to their homes, not all mobile homes. They had an image of a dilapidated trailer with washing machines in the yard, not the average manufactured home that had been maintained and decorated nicely.
This is NOT Trailer Trash:
There’s been a little written regarding the stigma and how it became. One of the best is called Immobile Dreams: How Did The Trailer Come To Be A Symbol of Failure?, and it’s a very good read. Another article that seems to understand the stereotype is at CTPost.com.
I think by simply proving the stereotype myths wrong we can get rid of it. No sense in harboring ill will against those that simply aren’t educated in the topic and that’s exactly how the stereotype perpetuates. Once we show the truth about the homes and the true potential they have, then we can make stride in removing it, and that’s exactly why I started Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!
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