Why do people hate "preps"/"preppies"? Or why did they back in school?

United States
January 11, 2007 5:04pm CST
I never got it, but then again, the three most scapegoated preppie stores, Abercrombie, Hollister, and American Eagle, didn't open up locally til either after I graduated or right before I graduated. People think preps look down on everyone, but it almost seems the opposite - all the "anti-everything" folks look down on who they see as "preppies". Hell, even my sister, who complimented a polo shirt I bought recently, took it back once she saw the Hollister seagull logo on it. It's just so weird.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
I didn't like the preps back when I went to high school, because...well...how do I say this as nice as I could...THEY MADE MY LIFE A LIVING NIGHTMARE! *clears throat* I live in a city that's very...wealthy. We moved there when I was about 5 or 6. I got made fun of a lot, because I didn't have blond hair, didn't have blue eyes, I had a scar on my face from the leftovers from the tumor I was born with, and *Gasp* horror of all horrors, I was left handed. My parents weren't accountants or lawyers...we drove a Volvo, while everyone else's parents arrived in BMWs, etc. I had gotten made fun of from 1st grade to senior year...high school was especially terrible...everyone had to listen to the same music, have the same taste in clothes, etc. I didn't. I like being my own person. So that's who I was. My own person. But no one liked that, and I got made fun of, ESPECIALLY by the preps. So...that's why I never liked them.
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@rajee2007 (331)
• India
12 Jan 07
sorry, i do not know about it
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@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am in Highschool right now and I can give you so many answers to that! First of all, they act as though they are better than everyone else. This isn't exclusive to every single one I guess, however most of them. And they do seem to look down on others. I have several in my math class that will actually make fun of people for getting an answer wrong. They put too much emphasis on wearing the preppy clothing as well. You will almost never see them not wearing something Abercrombie, Hollister, or American Eagle. I don't understand this, as the clothes are outrageously expensive and not even that attractive. I could go on for hours, but I think this should suffice.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Middle school is really where the "prep" group stands out. Many of the populars refer to others as "grubs" and stuff like that. But usually as you enter high school this starts to fade. There's always a few here and there, however.
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I think that it is just another reason or excuse to pick on people. My mother and all of my siblings made fun of me becuase I liked to wear loafers, pants and tailored shirts. You have to understand thoughthat becuase I liked that type of lifestyle it represents it made them uncomfortable, when they are construction workers, work at walmart or a hippy like my mother. I don't have anything against the way they live (it't their lives and it seems to make them happu), but I do not want any one begrudging me mine. None of them worked in a office and I ended up always being a manger in one so I guess I was the "black sheep" of the family.
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@areeb124 (243)
• Pakistan
12 Jan 07
Probably because they insecure. And since they are mean to you, that probably makes you feel insecure, so you take on a new identify as a skater/gangsta or whatever you want to call it. So, they are mean because they want attention, so ignore them and they will eventually move on to someone else. Or just tell them, "You have a lot of growing up to do" and just walk away. Just focus on you and your talents, and then develop those talents and deploy those talents for the benifit of you and those around you. Maybe you are good at math and can becaome an engineer and solve the worlds energy problems, or maybe you have an artistic gift and will creat the next statue of Dravid, but just focus on dicovering what those talents are for now. And remember, there is nothing worse than a fashionable non-conformist. A lot of people who complain about preps beign "conformist" are actually the biggest conformists themselves. People are not preps, and people are not skaters; People are people, all together on this short ride, trying to make the most of this mysterious experience we call life. There is more to life than preps being(I cannot write the word because it is like abused sorry).
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@bowtieguy (5925)
• United States
21 Dec 07
Things have changed a lot since I was in school, it was the rich kids that were considered popular or what have you. Now a days there are many other factors and many other groups or cliques. I know goths hate preps, there whole exsistence is based on being anti prep. I was considered rich when I was in school but hung uot with the nerds and other as well as the other popular kids and jocks, kind of like saved by the bell or something. I never really got along with the cheerleader types that braged about everything or the star quarterback types that though they were gods gift to the world. I wouldn't say I hated those types just misunderstood them. I never really had a propblem with preps, they may listen to diffrent music or be into diffrent fashiuon and entertainment choices than others but once you get to know them you will find that you may have very similar intrest in common. I was friends with a lot of popular kids in school and can't see why anyone would be so strong as to hate them completeley, but i guees that is just the nature of things.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Their are people that DRESS preppy, then their are those that ACT preppy. They're 2 different things. It's those preps with the snotty attitude that people tend not to like. For a stereotypical example, the popular cheerleader the is only ever nice to people in her 'clique'. Everyone else she snubs. That's a preppy attitude. Now, those that wear mainstream clothing are also preps. Granted that they may not have the attitude, they are so mainstream that others tend to mistake them for the example above. That was the highschool thinking anyway, when I was in school. It's been a few years. Personally I don't follow stereotypes. I have all types of friends. Expecially now that I'm out of school, stereotypes really don't mean a darn thing. A person is who they are for how they act, now for how they look or dress.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
14 Jan 07
That is interesting. I guess I didn't know about this. I'm learning it here from you for the first time. I should watch news more oftenly so I won't miss out on things like this. Thanks for sharing this.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
12 Jan 07
The people I encountered that were labeled "preppies" were usually snobs, who wore all these expensive clothes that i didnt think were all that attractive to begin with.They left me alone and I did the same right back,lol.
• United States
12 Jan 07
In school, we called them nerds or do gooders. It was only because we felt like since we couldn't afford things like the preppies, we felt like they thought of themselves being a higher standard than us. I grew up poor and wanted nice things. The preppies always made fun of people who couldn't look as good as them. Maybe some were nice, but after you get treated badly by one, you think they are all the same.
@amby87 (322)
• India
12 Jan 07
i really dont knw
@amby87 (322)
• India
12 Jan 07
i dont knw
@not4me (1713)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I went to schools in both NY and CA and preppy kids were looked up to at both of my high schools because they were usually kind and very smart. The school in NY was a regular one but the one in CA was in a rich area and I didn't see any differences in how they were treated.
• United States
12 Jan 07
They all for the most part think there better because of money they treat the average Joe like dirt when in reality they are you usually the real losers.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I guess I don't understand the reasoning why a shirt purchased from American Eagle or Hollister for $30+ is better than the one I purchased at Steve and Barry's or even Target/Shopko for way less. Back in high school, the thing that irritated me was that I felt like I busted my tail off in the summer working to buy my clothes when some of those kids had their mommy and daddy buy it for them and they did nothing but enjoy their summer. Currently I can't buy anything from those places now if I wanted to because I prefer my clothes in a relaxed/looser fit, which pushes me up to a 2XLT (I also have a bad habit of shrinking my clothes) and American Eagle etc... doesn't carry those sizes.
@wathanjim (2215)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Why do preps hate goth,or hippies,or geeks,or whatever?Its all about not trusting someone different than yourself.If WE ALL looked to the inside instead of the outside of people the world would be a better place.