it's not like labels are bad but they can start to get used as a mechanism to impose conformity

even the word "queer", originally meant to oppose conformity through its non-specificity, is now used by people who insist on imposing conformity onto people who use the word, like by saying crap like "cishet aces aren't queer~"


ultimately this ends up erasing nuance in the name of pseudo-precision, because even though you have 500 different words for people, people are expected to fit into one of those 500 different words or else their existence isn't valid. and if they come up with a new word it must be sufficiently acceptable and they must prove that they belong by dragging out their trauma etc..

again i'm not bashing labels, just pointing out their limits and the way they can become a tool of the spectacle if we allow them to

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