• Erotic Journal Challenge,  Uncategorized

    What are your thoughts on gender and sexual identity?

    Welcome to The Erotic Journal Challenge! If you’ve never participated, make sure to glance at the rules. This week, consider your thoughts on sexual identity and gender. Take it any direction you’d like, but here are some questions that might help to get the thoughts flowing: How do you feel about gender roles as they apply to you? Do you believe in gender and sexuality scales? Labels? How were you taught or guided as a young person to embrace sexual identity and/or gender? (Or how do you guide your own children?) How has culture changed in regard to sexual identity and gender? And how has this affected you? What gender…

  • Opinion

    The Pros and Cons of Labels for Sexual Identity

    When I was in college, I remember studying the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, the theory that language determines thought. The hypothesis explains that we must draw from the lexicon we have, adding body language and tone to fine tune the messages we intend to communicate. If this hypothesis is correct, then our thoughts are bound by our vocabulary. In other words, we can only think thoughts for which we have words. Now…I know we can encounter and think about things we have no words for, because even those things for which we have no words can be categorized with other similar things for which we do have words: Hmmm…that is round and…

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