The Commonality of a Standard Paradigm

Call it ‘privilege’ if you will, but I don’t believe that it is necessary to identify as ‘cisgender’ for the same reason I don’t think most bread should be labeled as ‘glutinous’ or that most cars should be known as ‘4-wheel cars.’ Yes, there is gluten-free bread and there are 3-wheeled cars, but it is okay to leave the qualifiers for the outliers and to acknowledge the commonality of a standard paradigm.

I don’t mind that some people identify as ‘gay’ or ‘transgender’ or ‘asexual’ or any of the other terms that have come into existence, but I do mind when my identity is unnecessarily complicated in the misguided attempt to erase its recognized position as the customary assumption absent any qualifiers.

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Parrish Miller has worked as a web designer, policy analyst, blogger, journalist, digital media manager, and social media marketing consultant. Having been largely cured of his political inclinations, he now finds philosophy more interesting than politics and is focused particularly on alternative ideas such as counter-economics, agorism, voluntaryism, and unschooling.