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Reality Behind the Label

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

I as guilty of stopping with surface identification as some people are when they just see my blindness and don't go beyond?

Caitlyn Jenner Is a Person -- Not a Label

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

Caitlyn Jenner is more than a label in the culture wars; the complexity of her choice shines a light on the labels we affix to others and ourselves. Her choice would not be mine, but I celebrate and admire her. It is an invitation to live beyond the cheap grace of labeling others.

The Rickie Fowler Story: Do Not Let Other Peoples' Labels Define You

David Bradford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Sports
David Bradford

People will put labels on us: Overrated, underrated, too small, too old, can't win the big one, not fast enough, not smart enough, too inexperienced, etc. Most of the time, these labels are meant to demean us or put us down. But all that matters in life is how we react to those labels.

Rumer Willis, Autism, and "The Odd Way Home"

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

As happens so often in life, writer/director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan fell into creating a movie named The Odd Way Home quite by accident. A colleague who'd been engaged to produce a film on autism was unable, so she suggested it to him.

When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Dennis Merritt Jones

Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.

Maria Bello: 'The Only Labels You Should Have Are The Ones You Give Yourself'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Actress Maria Bello is all about her "whatever" label, which she coined in a 2013 New York Times article where she came out as a "modern family" along...

How Bruce Jenner's Story Allowed Me to Finally See My Own

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Dori Hartley

After seeing Bruce Jenner's outstanding interview last night with Diane Sawyer, I felt so tightly locked on to some of the things he said that I couldn't shake the feeling of pure truth in his words. I related to that truth in my own life's experience.

Maria Bello's Whatever... Love Is Love Lives in the Question

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

She kept them under her bed -- a hundred or more journals she had filled since her childhood in Philadelphia. In 2013, while recovering from parasites she had picked up while doing humanitarian work in Haiti, actress Maria Bello started reading her journals.

I'm Married To A Man. Does That Mean I'm Not Bisexual Anymore?

YourTango | Posted 06.27.2015 | Women
YourTango

While society is quick to label us in nearly every way, the way we label ourselves is much more telling.

Fashion Revolution Day: A Day to Ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Lee-Sean Huang

April 23 is Fashion Revolution Day -- an opportunity for us to reflect on the welfare of the workers who make the clothes we all wear.

Is It All Right With You If I'm Just Out as Human?

Shaina Loew | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Shaina Loew

I don't have a word for being a girl who was assigned "female" at birth; identifies as a girl; grew up dressing like (and still sometimes dresses like) a boy; once dated men but now dates women; eats meat, vegetables, gluten, and dairy; is white; has blonde hair and blue eyes; and is short. That's why we have names. I'm just Shaina.

Terrorist Labels, Terrorist Sitcoms

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 04.28.2015 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

Watch the first episode of The Final Edition's new Jihadistan-based sitcom, "Secret Diaries of a Terrorist."

When Being 'The Good One' Isn't So Great

TueNight | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
TueNight

The hardest part was to rewrite the narrative of who I was based on what I had internalized from other people's expectations. As if it was some immutable, narrow thing, rather than choices and work.

The Unapologetic Soccer Mom. Got a Problem?

TueNight | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
TueNight

How can being a soccer mom be a bad thing? I wouldn't trade the fun I had with those girls or the miles logged driving to every suburb outside of Chicago for anything. My kids know I'm going to try and make every game and celebrate with them on the wins and give them hugs when it's a loss.

To Accept or Reject Mental Health Labels, That Is the Question

Krystal Reddick | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

My therapist was concerned. He didn't want me to identify with a mental illness. He didn't want it to define me. But I disagreed with him. Just as I am black and a woman and an American, I too also have bipolar disorder. It does have an impact on my life: my choices, my thoughts, my actions.

Muslim American or American Muslim. Does It Matter?

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

We all have a story. My story is that I was born in Chicago to a Muslim father and Christian mother. I was born to parents that came to America to flee persecution and war and to strive for the American dream. My story isn't that much different than other American Muslims. I

On Raven-Symoné and Erasing Black Lesbian Identity

Dinean Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dinean Robinson

Refusing a label or claiming humanism does not excuse Raven from the responsibility she bears as a participant in communities where people are fighting and dying to exist. Nor does it help deconstruct the racist, homophobic systems prevalent in America.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

3 Ways Labeling Our Child Saved Our Sanity

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

His diagnosis enabled us to let go of some of the self-blame and shame we were struggling with and reinvest our energy into learning about Aidan's condition and helping him to recover.

The Latest Attempt to Help You Eat Better: Will It Work?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Dunaway Teh

Is basing serving sizes on what people actually eat the right decision in light of current rates of obesity and chronic disease? Or will it only further confuse consumers on what is an appropriate serving size, adding to the education burden that already exists?

Both Members of Relationship 'Totally Cool' With Title-Free Existence

Reductress | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

"We're just going on dates, texting incessantly, and relying on one another for comfort and emotional support," said Dash. "Why try to define that?"

Casting Off Stereotypes: I Am More Than a Label

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?

I've Never Met an Atheist or a Religious Believer

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Which "me" should be running the show? We're all in the closet, so to speak. We barely come out to ourselves and never completely to others. I've never met an unequivocal atheist or religious believer.

Boys in Chairs: My First Time, 11 Years Later

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As quickly as those words entered my ears, I became the boy in the chair. Immediately an outsider in a group that was supposed to embrace outsiders.

The Teacher Called My Son a Dream Student, But I Refuse to Call Him Smart

Clint Edwards | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

Being labeled smart has a lot of drawbacks. It places a person on a pedestal, and if they take risks, they might fail, and lose the their smart status. Plus, when someone is gifted, they shouldn't have to work hard... right? Stupid people have to put effort into something. Or at least that is what's commonly understood.