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Labels have been saddled with a bit of an unfair rap, as they have become synonymous with limiting one’s identity. But the truth is that the issue was never with labels themselves. In fact, they can be quite useful for establishing boundaries and pinpointing the different ways people may navigate their environment.
However, the problem rests with outside perceptions of particular identities, which become a fecund ground for misconceptions, stereotypes and sweeping, limiting assumptions. In an environment that is so overtly divided, a label can make all the difference between war and peace.