Boxes and labels

I had an interesting discussion in an online group this evening where people were complaining about the trans label and hated being put into boxes.

Labels. My argument is that that boxes or labels are important – but we all have a million boxes, we cannot be placed into just one box alone. You could have a box/label such as ‘Sports orientated’ where an athlete or a gymnast might be best described, you have others labelled ‘Intelligent’, or ‘House Proud’, or ‘Psychotic’ or ‘Blonde’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Fat’, ‘Thin’ etc etc. They are all boxes which help define or describe who a person is – even ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ are boxes. There is nothing wrong with boxes per se, it is just our attitude to them.  Nobody would object to being put into a box which described them as beautiful, or witty, or intelligent or caring.
Labels are just there to give more definition as to the type of people that we are – they are merely adjectives which help to describe or elaborate on a particular noun. It is only when those labels are used in a pejorative way as a means of insulting or demeaning a person that they become objectionable.

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