Label This

Having recently had a conversation about the “femininity” of Serena Williams, I can’t help but wonder what other people have to say.  Is it useful to use terms like “feminine” or “masculine” as a descriptor?  How about “acting black” or “acting white”….”Muslim” or “Christian”….”gay” or “straight?”

I find that I have a really strong reaction to labels.  Can’t a man possess “feminine” qualities that serve him well throughout his life?  Does the term “Muslim” really embody all of the beliefs and history of all of the different sects?  And, what the heck does it really mean to call something “gay?”

Do labels have a place in our culture?  How are they helpful?  How are they destructive?  When do you find that you use them?  Are you really saying what you mean to say?

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