Labels, labels, labels- why all the fuss?

We used to classify people as gay or straight. Now, we have gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, polyamorous and so on. Why are we so keen to find a specific pigeon-hole to contain our own brand of sexuality? Why can't we just except that every individual is unique, and move on?

Why are we so keen to find a specific pigeon-hole to contain our own brand of sexuality?
Why are we so keen to find a specific pigeon-hole to contain our own brand of sexuality?

We have developed so many sexual  labels because we want to be inclusive, not divisive. Many people feel empowered when their particular form of sexual expression is publicly acknowledged, feeling seen for the first time. Ultimately, labels might get left behind, but right now we are going through a period of healing and education.

People do have an unfortunate tendency to use labels, and stereotypes, to divide us, robbing us of our individual humanity – black and white, winner and loser, Muslim, redneck, hipster, lesbian, greenie … Often pejorative, they create an us and them divide.

However, sexual selection and the dating game are a kind of market, and labels make choosing easier. Sizes vary from brand to brand, but it saves a lot of time in the change-room if I try on all the mediums instead of taking everything from extra-small to plus-size.

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