Who are you?
When people ask you that question, how do you reply? When you are asked to write a self-bio, or someone does one for you, what is your identity? What words do you use to describe yourself? You are often only offered a few in order to give the world a glimpse of the vast, huge, complex thing you are. Who are you? What do you say?
Are you a WoC? A feminist? An anti-capitalist? An academic? Are you a lesbian, or poly, or bi-curious? Do you practice or ID with a religion, or a culture? Are you a doctor, a lawyer, a lover, a mother? Are you a pacifist, a vegan, a democrat? Are you a woman, a man? An athlete, an artist, a thinker, a doer?
Who are you, and how do you identify? How does that differ from how others identify you? What goes into what you share with people about who you are…and are you most known for what you’re most proud of? Does part of your ID rub you the wrong way?
As you can see, I’m back/still here for another week. I’m Renegade Evolution (Ren for short, of course). I’m a sex worker, a sex worker rights activist- and yeah, that is what I am probably best known for. I’m also an Eurasian mutt (ethnically, heavy on the Slavic), a history and sports fanatic, really short, a Jew (non-practicing), a writer, artist, a swinger, and gamer geek…oh yeah, and one of those dreaded libertarians (please do not throw bricks at my head). And I like to play poker. But those things come secondary to the first two I mentioned. It’s odd, for a long time I made a big point of saying “I am more than my job”…and I am, but wow, has it come to play a really important role in the whole of my life and how I ID. Funny that!
Who are you? And how much does that matter?