Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Menhera style- What is it?



Menhera is a Japanese street style about reclamation of the negative connotations that come with being mentally ill. Mental illness' in japan hold a very heavy stigma, Arguably more so than the west. Where in the west it seems to have built a culture of being viewed as 'cool' for having certain illness' due to the media's representation in japan its not seen as cool at all to state your mental illness. Menhera (メンヘラ) is a Japanese slang term referring to mental unstable people. 



In a society where you must refrain talking about your mental health artists and designers have created pieces depicting mental trauma, medication, and sad gore to depict the daily struggle and stigma people face. Though many mentally ill people don't like the movement in the way that it can be mistaken for glamorising illness' many do find it a comfort.


Menhera is a style I love a lot as a mentally ill person I feel connected and able to express every side of me with this reclamation movement.  But its still very controversial and hardly spoken about, With stigma and misunderstanding from those who don't understand the movement. But to depict my love of kawaii Street styles whilst also being able to express aspects of my daily struggle gives me comfort. As if I'm not hiding behind a cute mask to feel better. 


I see it as a way of accepting who I am, Yes I like cute styles but I'm still fighting a mental war and I have scars. I think if a movement can empower those who are being silence- especially in japans culture of silencing mental illness' its great that the people are taking the power in their hands and making the topics more open for everyone.

What are your thoughts on this controversial topic, its a difficult place to find a balance with so I'd love to see your input on the matter.


(I do not have a link to the artist or the model so please if you find links link me or if they are your's and you wish me to take them down then message me so I can do so)



♥Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out more stuff if it tickles your fancy ♥

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