Speak Your Mind: Our Unseen Characteristics
There are some traits that people exhibit which tell us a little about them. You might be able to guess someone’s lineage by the tone of their skin; perhaps gauge where they might have grown up by their accent. You could interpret rough hands as a sign of manual labor done, and estimate someone’s age by the look of their skin. There are a lot of things, however, that you can’t tell about a person based on looking at them.
I’m white, female-bodied, and in a relationship with a straight cis guy. By all accounts, I seem like a typical, straight white girl. I’m actually genderqueer and pansexual, and though my relationship is a monoamorous one, I identify as polyamorous. You also couldn’t tell by looking at me that I’m an atheist, anti-theist, feminist, and skeptic. All of these aspects of my identity are very important to me, and sometimes it really bothers me when people read me as Christian or straight.
I have one of the OutCampaign A buttons, and I’d love to buy some jewelry or a t-shirt or something to show off my opinions. Also, I totally dig the rubber bracelet things that everyone wears, and I really want to find some that I like. Yes, I’m one of those people.
What are some opinions or personality traits you have that aren’t immediately obvious to others? Do you think it’s important to point out incorrect assumptions about you in some situations? How do you outwardly display your opinions to others? Do you think it even matters?