Monday, June 13, 2011

Discomfort in (Gender) Uncertainty

Patricia Williams shares a sane and important analysis of our fear of uncertainty in identity.  In her blog in The Nation she points out, "Where, however, there is ambiguity, a switch gets flipped. If race or ethnicity is at all indeterminate, the first question is “What are you?” Where gender is not instantly discernible, anxiety or even rage ensues. We want our boxes, our neat cabinets of thought."

If we are capable of relating to each other as human and resist the assumptions in gender, race, ethnicity and other identities we live, we must recognize the assumptions and the limit of these 'boxes' every day.

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