We all know the old adage about what happens when we assume, and yet people just love to make assumptions every day about other people’s identity. Most people don’t think about the comments they say to other people because they imagine they have their whole life figured out: they know what race, sexuality, class, and religion you are. But when they’re wrong, it makes for some awkward times.
Has there been a time you have had your identity wrongly assumed? How did it make you feel?
Has someone ever assumed you speak a certain language because of the way you look?
Have you ever been mistaken for a couple when out with your sister?
What did you do when someone thought you were of a different class because of the way you were dressed or the event you were attending?
How did you respond to the person who assumed your sexuality or religion?
Do you say something when someone spouts insults about the political party you side with?
What happens when someone assumes that because of a handicap you are incapable of functioning fully?
But then there is also a flip side to this: when other people assume aspects of our lives, sometimes it provides an easy escape. Other times, we get worried we may sound offensive if we are not what we have been identified as. Have you ever purposely assumed an alternate identity for some reason? Was it ever advantageous or simply easier to just roll with the punches?
When someone assumed you were married, did you neglect to inform them you were actually single?
Even though you’re a lowly employee in your company, did you just glaze over that fact when your date assumed you were the boss?
The last time you were in a place of worship, did you give a true account of your spiritual journey (or lack thereof) to the person who greeted you with some small talk?
Have you ever led someone to believe you are a different sexuality than you in reality are just for the attention it brought your way?
We want to hear your stories—humorous, saddening or sobering—about times when someone identified you as something other than what you are. We want to hear about the secrets, the disappointments, and the jokes that have come out of these times of confusion. If you have something you’d like to submit, send it to Daniel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media of all kinds will be considered. The deadline for submissions for this call is Saturday, October 13.
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