Done with Pseudonyms

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I started this project under the name of Andi Sharp. As some of you may have guessed, that’s not a name people call me in other parts of my life. I used a pseudonym here because this project was a bit outside my comfort zone and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. Five months later (almost to the day), I’m realizing that

a) this project is wonderful, and

b) it would be even more wonderful if I could connect it with other parts of my life.

So on that note, please allow me to (re)introduce myself. My name is Sarah Dopp. I’m a project management consultant in Silicon Valley, and I’m genderqueer.

I’ll tell you more about myself in a proper profile sometime soon. In the meantime, I just want to say “Hello,” and let you know that there’s a whole person with a real life behind this project.

Thank you for enjoying it with me.

Love,
Sarah


Posted by on February 16th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Category: faces, thoughts 7 comments »

7 Responses to “Done with Pseudonyms”

  1. Koan

    Sarah, Genderfork has grown into something quite special, in my opinion – and, sure, that’s due in no small part to the array of people who’ve allowed their work to be republished here. But it’s also due to you – your vision in setting it up in the first place, your energy in running it during these months, and your dedication in doing so without realising much of the credit – for credit is due, to you, for what you’ve done here.

    I take my hat off to you.

    Maybe it takes someone who’s had that much-vaunted authenticity, and then had to surrender it, to appreciate the efforts of another who has earned it. All I know is, I’m so glad that you’re now placing your own inspiring image on this inspiring site, and believe that the world (and particularly, the professional world) is ready to see that diversity of expression and experience is a strength and a resource to be valued.

    Here’s to the next five months / years / decades of Genderfork! :)

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  2. sarah

    Thank you so much, Koan. Your support is immensely valuable. And I’m looking forward to possible the day when your voice is public again, too.

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  3. Curvaceous Dee

    *beams* Hi there Sarah! You’ve created a fantastic site and wonderful reasource in Genderfork. Whenever I see a new post in my RSS, I know it’s likely that I will smile at the photograph(s) within.

    Thank you for reinforcing for me that gender is a continuum (rather than binary) – just like sexuality, just like kink, just like life. It’s a worthy thing to be reminded of.

    xx Dee

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  4. Emma McCreary

    Yay! Glad to see this!

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  5. Miss K

    > a) this project is wonderful

    you said it all right there. Hello xx

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