Tagged: stereotypes

pull back the curtains,

labels are weighted

labels are weighted
discriminately so that
i am easily

not the sum of what you see,
but how i am labeled by you
.
20140610:0812
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even when we planted

even when we planted
them right next to
each other, differences
arose, and it may take
more than a few
open gestures,
a handful of days in
the sun, and waiting
through a storm or
two to flush out
the similarities
.
20120612:0846
y

you can tell as early

you can tell as early
as eighteen months

the ones who will
develop that
Byronic ilk.
caught near
the beginning –
as luck would
have it – there
will be plenty
of opportunities
to polish that
mysterious past
for festering grief
.
20120606:0845
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any number of

any number of
irreversible symbols
are held
hostage in the
little prison that is
our brain –
over time, we
will carefully
examine each
color, shape,
their varying
strengths
and weaknesses,
and stumble upon
our own set
of demands
.
20120517:0819
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don’t let the way

don’t let the way
they see you
wrap around the
way you see
yourself – words
wriggle with pleasure
into serpents, and
shriveled things
are just that
.
20120509:0845
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domesticity comes with

domesticity comes with
a wave of rules to
break, an ocean of
nonsense, a bucket of
love, and a replenishing
drop of trust
. when it
comes to most house-
hold labels, you
have to get your
feet wet, venture a bit
further, swim it out
.
20120321:0846
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masculinity is a well-oiled

masculinity is a well-oiled
machine
. dialed
to varying degrees
each custom-made
fitting, each industrial
heart must find
a way to bend
itself around
the norm, to sync the
turning of its
gears with the
discovery of self
.
20120317:1007
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they hand them out with

they hand them out with
very little instructions
in these parts. it is
only sometimes
wallet-sized. i have
seen several distinctive
placards jerked
around as weapons
or shields – nothing
bulletin-sized,
mind you.
at the end of the
day, it is never really
a surprise –
we are wired to
form patterns, take
sides. it requires
more effort to
override the shortcut
than, say, pull
out that race card
.
20120225:1039
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in a complicated

in a complicated
world, the brain learns
to process data
through shortcuts –
the three sustained
horns from a passing
truck summon
Mathis der Maler,
the lingering cologne
in the stairwell, two
lifetimes ago,
the lady in the park
with pigeons
and
other stereotypes –
neurons will fire
in synchrony
to fill in the
superstitions
and fears
.
20111120:0842
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