During lecture on Monday we had talked about how behavior and thoughts do not necessarily mean the same thing and I think for a lot of people it was something that was hard to wrap their minds around. Someone mentioned that people have fantasies about being rape but that does not mean that they want to be raped. Mrs. Stone also gave the question that if someone fantasizes about a child, are they a pedophile? A lot of people said yes but I believe you become a pedophile when you act on those thoughts. In this case, thinking about it isn't causing harm but once you do something to act on those feelings then you should be given the label as a pedophile. The example about the guy who thinks he is heterosexual but has sex with guys confused a lot of people and its understandable. Many people thought that he is should be identified as bisexual. I mean clearly him having sex with other guys could not mean that he was just straight. But, how we identify our sexual orientation as is up to us and not how other people perceive it. A good example that was given was how someone can perceive another person hair color differently than how that person sees it as. In the end it matters what the person with the hair color thinks. We cant force how we think on others because like sexual orientation, that is dependent on the individual.
In class we had mentioned that we put labels to help us understand the world but I think labels actually makes it more confusing. We have so much variety even within the labels that it just sort of defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. Everyone is a human being and so they should be treated as one. On Wednesday, I really enjoyed the panel. They were all so different and had their own quirky personalities. The thing that I don't like about panel days is that time is limited. I wanted to know more about their own unique individual stories and experiences. Overall I really enjoyed this week! :)