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Individuality and Intersectionality…at Wheat and Tares

May 10, 2012

It’s definitely late for my Wednesday morning posting time, but I’ve posted my latest post, Individuality and Intersectionality, at Wheat and Tares.

The question I wanted to address with this post was…what makes an individual unique, especially when individuals also have all of these traits that allow themselves to be grouped and labeled? Are individuals unique?

Quite simply, if certain things about me changed, I would be a different person. And I don’t mean different person in, “Gradual change”…there would be a continuity break.

(although I learned that I apparently do not know what identity politics really is about, and I guessed wrong.

Anyway, a snippet, after the break.

As I mentioned before, I share something in common with other Mormons. I share even more in common with doubting, disaffected, marginalized, or former Mormons. So what I thought would be the source of my individuality — my doubt and disbelief — turned out instead to be a point of commonality…but with a different group. It’s not that my incompatibilities with the Mormon identity are evidence of my individuality…nope, they are just evidence of my compatibility with atheist, agnostic, secular, and doubting identities. So, instead of being a point off the grid…I’m really just an intersection on two grids.

…but I have disagreements with secular, atheist, agnostic communities! So, maybe that’s where my individuality lies?

The problem is that my disagreements there point to agreements elsewhere. For example, some of my disagreements point back to my Mormonism — my Mormonism has shaped me in a way that I have a different way of viewing things than a non-Mormon agnostic atheist. But those differences just become similarities to other Mormon agnostic atheists.

I think it would be cool to try to come up with as many of the “group” memberships that come together to make me who I am.

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