Creation365 · Creativity · Faith · Millennials

A Hundred Inadequate Labels

I’ve been thinking about my Creation365 series, and trying to describe it to others. There are a lot of descriptive words I want to use, but none of them accurately describe my views, or my writing. And I don’t have a hundred inadequate labels (I was using hyperbole), but I am dancing around a small set of them. Here are a few:

“Liberal.” Not in the political sense of the word, but still not adequate. By using the word “liberal,” I actually mean something more like “nonconventional,” or “non-traditional,” or “new,” though none of these substitutes are fully accurate, either.

“Conservative.” Again, not politically speaking, and still not adequate. Although I do appreciate gender roles, I am not bound to them at all times. And really, I’m not over-the-top on either end of the spectrum.

“Feminist.” This word makes me shudder, because it has been used in so many bad ways. My short stories are all about women, and many of these women are in roles that are not traditionally filled by women, but does that make me a feminist? I feel like there’s a lot of baggage that comes with this word, so I’m going to avoid it.

“Environmentalist.” I am not one of “those global warming people” with insulated windows, curly light bulbs, and recycling boxes. However, I do think we should take care of our natural world, because it’s God’s creation, and no one and no thing deserves to be exploited. So, sometimes my writing has tinges of that, but not to an overbearing level, I think.

“Religious.” Well, yes, I suppose I am. I am also “spiritual.”  But I don’t think the stereotype of close-mindedness can completely apply to me or to my writing. I’ve already written two shorts about women with belief systems different than my own (I hope I did so fairly). My faith is my life, yes. But everyone believes in something.

“Millennial.” I do enjoy this label, to some extent. I stop enjoying it when people use it to call me lazy, self-entitled, incompetent, and any other negative labels. Some of us are, sure, but not all of us. I work hard, and do my best… and yes, my mind works in a certain way. But that’s not the end of my/our story, by any means.

“Pro-Life.” This is one term I won’t back down from. Every human has dignity, from conception to natural death. All of the women in my story have dignity, even if other characters don’t choose to recognize it. This does not mean that I am “anti-choice…” unless that choice will harm another human. Then, of course, I am against that choice.

I wonder if this post will affect my blog or people’s opinion of it, since I’m critiquing various politically-charged terms. Usually, the posts I write that I think will offend people are really low-trafficked posts, so I’m not going to worry too much.

How do you label yourself? Are any of your labels fully adequate? Or is it even possible to be fully defined by a label? I know I’m not. What about you?

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