Assumptions

Everyone these days is aware that people publishing texts online might not be who they claim to be. Those with ulterior motives can use anonymity to their advantage but the majority of people have no evil intent and it can be simply liberating.

If I publish a photo of myself it would be normal for you to make assumptions based on my age, sex, skin colour and context. A photo showing me surrounded by young children isn’t going to give you the impression I’m a microbiologist, bricklayer or Pole Dancer. Do you expect a retiree to potter in the garden, climb trees, scramble on all fours through a concrete tunnel or go Skinny Dipping? Would I be more competent using computers if I were younger? If I’m an aboriginal Australian am I likely to be interested in ballet?

Even a person’s relationship tends to define them in others’ eyes. If I refer to my wife, my husband, my partner, my lover, my congregation, my team or my community certain images and expectations are conjured up.

The reality is it’s a mistake to make assumptions about people so the anonymity of the Internet is very liberating IF you can let go your own inhibitions and liberate yourself.

Do you think you see me in the photo below? If yes, what does it tell you about me?

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Does this ring any bells with you?

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