Sunday, January 24, 2016

In(visible) Effects of Poverty

Minimal food. Inadequate shelter. Lack of education. There are many things connected to a life of poverty that everyone can see. These also seem to form the base of our perception of poor people everywhere, which may ignore a larger picture. The working poor are suffering from more than lack of money, which has been shown multiple times in the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehreneich.  The self-esteem of the working poor is much lower than the average middle or upper class person, which honestly isn't too surprising based on how they are treated. In Nickel and Dimed, when Barbara, (dressed as a maid, a low paying job), walks into a diner, and is completly ignored by the workers behind the counter. "A maid's uniform has the opposite effect..translatable into: What are you doing here?" (100). After enough encounters like this, someone's opinion of their self would definetly go down. It isn't fair to treat someone differently based on the money they make, yet it seems that the working poor experiences that everyday.

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