Unlike a meme, the ideas in this article are profound.

We know countries by the names we give them, not by what they call themselves. It’s Deutschland to them, it’s Germany to us.

Identity is a shape-shifting animal, no matter a person’s efforts to tame it, call it by a single name. So much of what we hold onto about ourselves is really a wish that everything we have said and done has added up to some definitive quality.

I love this quote from bell hooks that I think touches on some of what you wrote about in this article:

“Faced with the radical possibility of self-transformation that confessional writing can evoke, many females cease to write.”

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