One of main bottlenecks in the discourse on “#identity” is the conflation of ‘identity’, which is subjective, and ‘social position’, which is not.

To understand things like #race and #gender as ONLY ‘identity’ is to grasp the rim but drop the ball so to speak. Race and gender are not merely ‘identities’ but also ‘social classes’, as economic #class is, social life being a unified whole and not a neatly segemented set of distinct, distant sectors.

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Interview: Janet Mock on the Freedom of Telling Her Own Story


by Julianne Hing

Before she came out in the pages of Marie Claire last year, Janet Mock knew a thing or two about media and storytelling for mass consumption. The 29-year-old transgender woman and daughter of a Native-Hawaiian and African-American parents had been an editor for celebrity powerhouse for years. But even she was taken aback by the warm embrace she received after telling her story, and the cross-sections of the Internet who came out to call her one of their own.

It hasn’t all been a warm-and-fuzzy journey though. Mock, who’s at work on a memoir due out next fall, has had some time now to experience the LGBT movement up close. She’ll be discussing gender and media at a plenary session during Facing Race 2012 in November, but we got a head start when I checked in with her this month.

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