April 7th, 2003


The extremely complicated Monday questions

Yeah, so pick and choose...however you want to approach these are cool with me. They're not really separate questions per se, more a cluster of related musings that fit together (or don't). I'm just really paying attention to these questions in my own process right now, and wonder where other people are at about them. Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer!

1. Is there one single aspect of your own identity (parenthood status, ability, weight, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class background, gender, trans status, health status, age, etc.) that stands out the most for you? That you're aware of whether you're in a social group or not? Is this aspect your primary self-definition (or one of them)? Why or why not?

2. Is this the same aspect of your identity that other people are most likely to notice about you? Do you think there's a correlation between the way other people see you and the way you see yourself (as a "queer person," or "butch," or "thin," or "Asian," or "educated," or "geek" *w* @ danielray)?

3. What aspects of other people's identities are you most likely to notice, whether consciously or unconsciously? Why or why not? Are they the same aspects you are aware of about yourself, or different? Any thoughts on this relationship between your self-ID and your awareness of other people's IDs ?

4. Any thoughts on this that I forgot to ask?
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