MisconseptionsA friend of mine on here, JoeyFox, wrote something in here and it gave me the idea to present my take on it.
I think it is human nature to want to find out where we fit in. So, in turn we accept particular labels for ourselves, whether we mean to or not,so whether it is spiritual beliefs, religion, politics, or sexual orientation. Even if you consider yourself a bit of an odd ball like myself, where you feel like the minority in the way you think, you still choose a label.
Then, due to some peoples strong beliefs, they try to bully you into accepting particular labels. Assumptions are made without really taking the time to know what the person thinks as an individual.
If you do not want to call yourself a feminist, then you must not be in support of equal rights among the sexes. If you call yourself a feminist, then you are a man hater who believes in female superiority. If you are an anti-feminist, then you must hate women, equal rights, and do not appreciate the women in history who were willing to fight for women's rights. If you call yourself Conservative, then you must be a racist who supports all Republican candidates, want to remove women's right to do with her body as she wishes, and a religious zealot. If you are a liberal then you are ignorant lacking knowledge in economics, baby killers, and agree with all Democrats. If you are Muslim then your hate all Christians and Americans and your religion tells you to kill them. If you are Christian then you are against everyone that does not believe like you and think they are all going to hell. If you are Pagan then you are anti-Christian and you live in a fantasy land where spells are real like in fairy tales.
Of course, all of the above are only stereotypes that are put in place due to fanatics within each group and/ or from a fanatic of another spreading hate as a defense of their own ignorance. Not all people within each of the labels fit the stereotype. Call me an idealist, but I do believe that inside, most people are good people. When they choose to allow themselves to be labeled it is usually because they believe in the basic positive principles that are with that label.
Now here are some general reasons why I feel people really choose to wear the labels above. They are also aspects that I happen to agree with within each label.
Feminist- Equal rights for women, to stop the abuse of women, and the right for a woman to do with her body as she wishes.
Anti-feminist- Equal rights for men. Yes, it is needed, especially where the aspect of abuse is concerned. There is less services for men then there are for women and less men speak up because of societies views that come from men and women alike.
Conservative- Believe in limited government and constitutional rights.
Liberal- Strongly believe in human rights in general.
Muslim- Peaceful, honest and humble with strong family values.
Christian- Peaceful, honest and humble with strong family values. 'notice how Muslims both have the same positive aspects'
Pagan- Open minded, earth friendly, a respect for all Gods/Goddesses.
Here are the labels that I have chosen to accept and why.
Paleoconservative or Libertarian- Appeals to my financially conservative side, limited big government, individual human rights, and a strong belief in the constitution and the rights guaranteed by the document. If an ideal Paleoconservative was in office, then the Federal government would not be making laws telling what you can put in or do to your body, whether it was drugs, prostitution, abortion or what ever. There would also be way less spending within the federal government.
Pagan- I feel a deep connection spiritually to a variety of Pagan spiritual beliefs. There is a balance between the feminine aspects and masculine aspects that I find appealing as well.
Mother- This one should be obvious, but I will say that I think the ability to be a life giver is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Open-minded- I feel I have the ability to or at least I try to look beyond stereotypes and look at things from all points of view. In turn I listen or read other schools of thought and am willing to admit that I agree with some of that groups ideals, even though I don't agree with the whole groups concept.
Compassionate- When I see someone acting fanatical, I have this ability to look beneath the surface of what they are saying. Yesterday, I watched a video of a fanatical feminist that was saying a lot of hate towards men. As she was speaking, I felt compassion for her. To feel so strongly the way she did, she really must have suffered some serious abuse and is allowing her anger to mask that pain. I felt that she was really broken inside and found myself wishing for her healing.
Humble- I am willing to admit when I am wrong and listen or read points of views from others.