Food for thought

Why is everyone so obsessed with labels these days? Between lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, intergender, asexual, demi-girl, demi-boy, bi-gender, agender, genderfluid (+others I'm sure I'm still missing) you're sure to offend someone and/or leave someone out. What's wrong with being who you are and liking who you like and not trying to fit into one of these many labels? I see the use in certain legal and medical scenarios but in day to day life why does it matter what you call yourself? If you fit into what one might call agender one day and gender fluid the next, good for you. As long as you feel comfortable with your own image I don't see the need to put labels on yourself.

chloe_smith's picture

I agree that it can become a little much sometimes trying to decide what you are, and I believe that it can be hard to remember what all the terms actually mean. But I do think we should respect what others feel their gender is because we are not in their shoes.

Jessica Clark's picture

I agree with this!! I think that it is important to except that you can be whoever you want to be and feel whatever you feel without permanently devoting yourself to being labeled as one thing! Although I do agree with the user above me that there can be comfort in labels. You just do you!

Lu123's picture

This is a wonderful point. I think part of it is the fact that the LGBTQ+ community has been a minority and oppressed, we want our voices known and people to recognize that their is more than one identity. I agree that there is a lot of labels and to some degree it isn't really necessary but some people might want a word for who they are and having a name for that helps.

Sick_boi4evr's picture

I agree that there are many different "labels". But rather than think of them as labels I like to think of them as part of your identity. The same way you can call yourself straight or gay or trans, others should be able to say that they're non-binary or gender fluid. I agree that labels can be harmful or restrictive when other people are putting them on you but gender/sexuality terms are more a part of identity than labels.