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Pick a news website or several local blogs and visit the sites every day. Look for an article that relates to less visible aspects of your identity such as religious identity, national identity, sexual identity or generational identity. When you find one, copy the link, return to Experimonth on Science Buzz and paste the link to the article into an new comment box on the "News Watchdog" Buzz page.

When you post a link, feel free to add a question or opinion about the article you chose. If you can't find an article everyday, try replying to other participants' posts to find out more about how others identify and see the world.

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maiken's picture
maiken says:

For example, how does the fact that Jay Smooth "looks white" and has a "not overtly ethnic sounding name" affect the reception of his message in this majority caucasian audience at Hampshire College?

posted on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 11:24pm
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joyousduck says:

I think this article is interesting because it shows the complexities of talking about race and how individuals self identify racially. It is so easy to look at racism in an 'us' and 'them' manner. But what happens when we have individuals who identify as multiracial?
Talking about race and racism becomes even more important when more people become both 'us and them' or sometimes 'neither.'

posted on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 10:41pm
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Gene says:

Here's an article about gay-on-gay violence, based on political disagreements. In the Mistaken Identity thread, we discussed how someone can identify as a member of some group, without necessarily accepting all of the positions generally ascribed to said group. Apparently, some people object to that.

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:20pm
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maiken says:

Gene, not to condone this kind of violence but to play devil's advocate, are there any individual or group allegiances that justifiably mandate exclusion from certain acts, interests, or other affiliations?
i.e. gays in the military, doctors treating family as patients, college ball players accepting bribes, etc?

When should there be a clear line drawn in the sand, if you are X, you cannot do, be, or say Z?

posted on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 2:44pm
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Gene says:

Man, I don't know where to even begin on this one:

Softball players stripped of trophy for not being "gay enough" settle suit out-of-court

posted on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:43pm
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maiken says:

The national gay sports organization clearly thinks heterosexual men have an advantage over homosexual men when it comes to sports.
Do you feel the same way?

I wonder how many homosexual men were on the Los Angeles Team that beat D2?

posted on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 9:44am
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Gene says:

I wonder if it's that, or whether the league was formed as a sort of social club, a place for gay men to relax and have fun with other people who share that aspect of their identity. The softball was secondary.

I used to play in a museum softball league in Chicago. Everybody on every team worked for a museum. The quality of play was about what you'd see at your average company picnic. We didn't really keep score; we just played until we ran out of beer. It was all about camaraderie and networking. We had no rule about non-employees. But if some team showed up with a bunch of "friends" who were semi-pro players or something, the ringers would have ruined the collegial aspect, which was the whole point.

posted on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 12:37pm

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