There are a lot of good people around, 2008
❝Human beings start putting each other into boxes the second that they see each other — Is that person dangerous? Are they attractive? Are they a potential mate? Are they a potential networking opportunity? We do this little interrogation when we meet people to make a mental resume for them. What’s your name? Where are you from? How old are you? What do you do? Then we get more personal with it. Have you ever had any diseases? Have you ever been divorced? Does your breath smell bad while you’re answering my interrogation right now? What are you into? Who are you into? What gender do you like to sleep with?
I get it. We are neurologically hardwired to seek out people like ourselves. We start forming cliques as soon as we’re old enough to know what acceptance feels like. We bond together based on anything that we can — music preference, race, gender, the block that we grew up on. We seek out environments that reinforce our personal choices. Sometimes, though, just the question “what do you do?” can feel like somebody’s opening a tiny little box and asking you to squeeze yourself inside of it. Because the categories, I’ve found, are too limiting. The boxes are too narrow. And this can get really dangerous. —
Artist iO Tillett Wright [x]
Sarah Manning struggling with glasses appreciation post
"You don’t OWN us." - Sarah Manning