The hidden messages that are apparent to me now and that I left out of my autobiography are the fact that I am white, a woman, and the fact that I am a heterosexual. I believe one of the reasons I maybe didn’t put this in is because I had already met the person who was planning on reading my autobiography. Possibly assuming Audrey would know I was white, a woman and somehow through the introduction to the class would know I was a heterosexual. In saying this I do realize that just because I have said I am married with 4 children does not mean that I am a heterosexual.
Even though these are personal autobiographies I challenge the comfortability of someone who is possibly dealing with identifying if they are male or female and why society has the ‘need to know’. I took a human sexuality class last winter and we spoke about this during class and even had someone who came in and spoke to us about their own personal experience. This really opened my eyes to the awareness of how these people struggle on a daily basis just to conform to society ideals. Something as simple as choosing which washroom to use that day is a big deal for them.
Others may not have written about their race because they are the minority in the class, yet fit in with the majority because they don’t ‘look’ like the race they are from. We see this in society with people who have light skin, hair and eyes but actually are First Nation descent. They conform to the majority group because they want to be accepted.
I do understand what Kumashiro is saying in examining our lessons and how we view things and the political implications of doing this and ways that we can change what we obviously are taking for granted.