Apparently now that I’m not in school anymore I’m all about giant long-form comics.
Identity is a really important topic to me, and the trope of ‘finding yourself’ is almost as problematic and insulting to me as the trope of ‘coming out’.
I want to destroy the idea that some identities are less valid than others, the condescension that comes with ‘they’re just figuring themselves out’, and the insulting dismissal of identity exploration and performance in youth as being somehow not ‘real’, or as ‘attention seeking’. Fuck all of that.
And beyond the fact that ’inconsistent’ identities are really challenging socially, they ALSO carry these real, actual life and liberty risks; we’re expected to use the same name, orientations, values, languages, and identities across all aspects of our lives, we are expected to have normative identities that can be quantified and qualified and trust me, TRUST ME when a person is perceived as having inconsistent or unusual identities they are being flagged in all sorts of systems for extra scrutiny and action. I know this from experience.
So, yeah, this ‘one true identity’, this ‘finding yourself’, this ‘who is the real you’ stuff is bullshit. We are so, so much more interesting than that, and we deserve better.
This is very important to me as someone whose identity has changed a lot over the years - and I don’t just mean gender or sexuality, I mean everything. I am a totally different person than I used to be, and the world can’t really handle that. I’m not interested in my “profession” the way I used to be, and want to do something else. My hobbies has changed, dress sense, opinions on things like piercings, smoking, alcohol. Everything changes. Get over it.
Alphabetical (with some stacked here and there but that’s still a subset of alphabetical for me). I admittedly don’t understand the others, except perhaps personal significance, or height if your bookspace is limited in that way. But hey, everyone’s bookshelves are as they want them and that’s just fine. :D
ETA: I should say I do have some categorical divides too— like books based in a certain setting (Star Wars, Warcraft, etc) are together rather than by author. And my craft books are all together, as are ‘comic’ books (like the Hark! A Vagrant book).
I do categories and “where stuff fits.” I’m pretty good at book Tetris.
oh god this post is so sexy
I shelve by genre. All the fairy tales & folklore are together, all the espionage fiction & non-fiction is together, all the pulps are together, all the Scriblies are together, and at this point unca neil has his own half a bookcase, with pterry being the second half…
Not pictured: Library of Congress categorization. (Nonfiction only; I’m not a total zealot.)