Stigma basically means shame or embarrassment. It is disapproval that society has about something.
I've realized that almost everything in America has a stigma attached to it. Thinking about going to community college? That has a stigma. Work a minimum wage job? Stigma. Not married at 30? Stigma. Even being rich has a stigma, because many people seem to just assume rich people are snobs.
Has anyone else noticed this? Almost everything has a stigma. You can't even shop at Wal-Mart without some people saying its a poor person's store. I've even read online, some people say an associate degree isn't a "real" college degree, and you should get a bachelor's degree.
Pretty much anything you can think of has a stigma. You can't even be smart, because if you are, people will consider you a "nerd."
Have you ever realized this?