In a GSA meeting recently, I held up a mug by the handle and asked, “What am I holding?” Only one person accurately replied–”the handle” instead of simply “the mug”.
Labels are like mug handles; they’re part of our identities like a handle is part of a mug, and are useful for picking them up, examining them, turning them around. It’s nice to have a handle on your mug. But they aren’t the entirety of our identities–if you drop the mug and the handle breaks off, you can pick it up separately, after all. They are a small part of a much larger whole. I think it’s a good idea to remember that.
What’s your experience?