Let’s Go Kiss a Cow!

brown cowThe cost stigma extracts from those who are disqualified from full social acceptance never ceases to amaze me.  A huge part of the costs that  surround stigma management is the effort put into passing, the term used by Dr. Goffman to describe the behavior of individuals who have a stigmatized health condition or disability which they can (although only with substantial effort) keep hidden.  Goffman states that: “Because of the great rewards in being considered normal, almost all persons who are in a position to pass will do so on some occasion by intent.”    There seem to be many creative ways that people discover to pass, probably many more then there are health conditions people are trying to cover up.  Following are examples of these efforts to pass from the book Stigma: Notes On The Management of Spoiled Identity.

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