CANTA, Issue #13 2018

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Making an ASS out of U and Me Among us are a diverse populous of Beliebers, photographers, flat earthers, snowboarders, National voters, Armenians, coffee drinkers, Runescapers, wheelchair users, Muslims, bloggers and Ultimate players. We all associate ourselves and each other with specific labels, and these help to build up a picture of who we are. They can take the form of characteristics, attributes and identities, and are simultaneously part of what makes us so unique and what grounds our similarities. Labels can be a great way to identify both ourselves and each other and find make connections within our society. We can categorise ourselves as belonging to a specific ethnicity, political identity, religion, sexuality, sports team, or music group. Labels can connect us and create community, they can help us to rally for causes we believe in, but in some cases they can also cause pre-emptive assumptions, division, and discrimination. Aue! That don’t sound so good… It’s important to note that in this way, labels can be a doubled edged sword: sometimes powerful, validating and positive, and at other times they can be impolite, harmful, or negative. Personally, I can use a number of labels to describe myself, and by doing so I can concisely relay information about me to other people. For example:

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