Does anyone else think labels are reductionist and dehumanizing? I personally, find it incredibly difficult to maintain a label and someone’s humanity. Even with myself. The labels I cling to for myself don’t define me and aren’t me. Labels only seem to make it easier to relate. Any thoughts on how to honor a persons chosen labels and reduce immediately reduce them to their labels.



Labels externally applied to others, especially to further out-group bias, often function as a means of dehumanization.

Labels that capture a person's sense of individual identity, especially when they provide better framing *and* social group identification and inclusion, can be life-affirming.

We are shaped and formed by language. It's part of how our brains work. The problem isn't labels; it's how they're used.

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