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What does it mean to have a gender?

I've been wondering about this for years. I have no concept of what it means to be female, apart from the body parts (which, as I've learned, don't, by themselves, mean a lot). All I can think of is a lot of cultural stuff, which doesn't seem to be universal all over the world, so surely that's just what we've learned? I get the impression that there is such a thing as a female or male identity, as inborn gender. If you have one, what does it feel like? How do you know what gender you are? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Oct 29, 2013 - 53 answers

ID Theft Victim. Cleanup has begun, what am I missing?

So, it would appear that I am the victim of identity theft. What am I forgetting to do? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Oct 15, 2013 - 1 answer

At what point would it be illegal to have a fake online identity?

I am considering creating a fake online identity to run some websites (it's much more boring than you think, nothing sexy or whatever). A pen name. None of the website will be illegal or about illegal activity but my identity would be fake. Once I start going farther down the rabbit hole (agreements with Ad Sense and affiliates, for example) would I be doing anything illegal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Separating people from other people

Hey AskMetafilter - calling on all writers for help. I write screenplays, and I think my greatest weakness is that I have trouble developing clear, consistent characters in my work. I seem to constantly make characters do things that don't fit their personalities - which creates a lot of confusion for my readers. I need help figuring out how to create well-defined characters who are consistent throughout the text. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Jun 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Using a relocation service to move to Qatar from the U.S.

I've obtained an extended leave of absence from my tenured position and will move my family of six to Qatar this August. We have been given an allowance of $2,500 for shipping our stuff. How do I locate a good shipper? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Accepting bipolar

How do you get used to yourself as bipolar (II)? Trying to understand my lows and mixed highs better, but find myself slipping into despair. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I protect Ronnie Edwards?

I'm a female in the US, about to get married for the second time and taking my husband's name. Help me manage how my new name appears online before it starts to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Website that helps you find clothes you actually like?

What website am I thinking of - make clothes selections, creates a fasion profile, and then makes suggestions? General advice on how to figure out what to wear... why does 30 feel so...weird? I feel like I'm either dressed like a 20 yr old or a 60 yr old - awkward, all the time. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Mar 21, 2013 - 9 answers

"Finding yourself"/transitions/deprogramming *on a budget*

I want to shift my thinking style. I do therapy when I can afford it, which isn't a consistent option right now. I suspect there's a pea under the mattress at the core of several faulty thought patterns. I've shifted the pea in some contexts but not others. What are some concrete exercises and activities I can use - with minimal cost - that will help me unravel limiting beliefs, increase self-worth, highlight unproductive expectations so I can address them? Particular parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Science Fiction Short Stories About Personal Identity

I'm a graduate student about to propose a college writing class on science fiction and personal identity. The stories need to be short and brand name authors are preferred. I've got a prospective syllabus (see inside), but I bet there's a lot of good stuff that I'm missing that you know about. [more inside]
posted by vathek on Feb 12, 2013 - 50 answers

Name change logistics, both practical and social.

My partner is legally changing his first and last name and doing away with his middle name altogether. Help us think of everything? We're in the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I stop my old self from influencing my present self?

I want to mentally rebuild myself, so to say. There's a lot of wrong and/or conflicting info in my head. I noticed that I have too many prejudices, too many predetermined opinions about people/stuff, I do too much quick jumping to conclusions and too much judging. I want to stop doing that. [more inside]
posted by _Seeker_ on Jan 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Will they let her on the plane?

I was just going over our flight info-my husband and I and our two adult daughters are flying out to Texas to my son's wedding. I just noticed that our travel agent used my younger daughter's maiden name instead of her married name (she is separated but not divorced.) The travel agent is calling me back in a bit but how screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 8, 2013 - 30 answers

Transgender reading list

Which books and articles are the most important for understanding transgender issues?
posted by morninj on Jan 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Books about people starting over

Can you recommend any good books (or films, but I prefer reading) in which a major plot point is the main character dropping out of their own life and starting again in a new location under a new identity? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater on Jan 7, 2013 - 38 answers

ID theft: any way to see account opened w/out credit check?

Identity theft: is there any way for me to monitor for accounts opened without a credit check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Identity bootstrap

I am currently without any valid identity papers in Québec, Canada, of which I am a citizen since birth. What is the best way to bootstrap myself back into valid identity, since it seems all identity documentation requests require one form of valid identity to go through? I still have an healthcard that expired a year ago.
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2012 - 11 answers

who?

Movies where the plot stems from a case of mistaken identity? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Nov 4, 2012 - 38 answers

Identity theft and fraud - former employer?!

I need some help: I am almost convinced my former Executive level manager stole my identity and rented an apartment under my name where he is presently residing....what to do? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on Oct 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

Tell me about the history of identity.

Tell me about the history of identity. Today it's pretty easy (though not foolproof) to find out if someone was who they said they were, or to verify a communication is from who it's claimed. But what about 200-2000 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Sep 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Can I get ownership transferred on an FB business page?

A business was leased to another party and they set up and curated a business page on FB. When the lease expired they left and set up a competing business. They took the FB page with them and changed the name on the business page - keeping all the old content and relationships. How do I get the page back? [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Help Me Establish A Double Life

I enjoy using Facebook for entertainment purposes - I get a ton of party invites and information about my friends that way. However, I believe Facebook can also be a useful networking tool for my professional career, and I've underutilized it in that capacity because I'm hesitant to friend my co-workers or managers. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Aug 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Lesbian overthinks her gender expression. News at 11.

I'm a 22-year-old lesbian. I have never made any effort to look hot, but suddenly I want to, and it's raising some serious identity issues for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2012 - 65 answers

How to be private and individual when others judge me?

How can I balance my need for individuality and privacy with human tendency to stereotype and judge based on external facts? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jul 15, 2012 - 37 answers

Faking identity with permission: could I regret it?

In the US of A, what's the legality of pretending to be someone else? With their permission, over the phone, to health insurance companies and the like. I'm a personal assistant fresh out of college, and I'd like to know how my self-absorbed and well-respected boss could possibly screw me over later. [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Jul 12, 2012 - 20 answers

How to start using a nickname with people who already know you?

I’m a snowflake with a “weird” name. How do I start using a common nickname instead? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Jul 12, 2012 - 28 answers

No, no, I'm not attracted to women! I just find women attractive!

Mid-20s, female, sort of starting to wonder if I might maybe be bi, kind of hating on myself over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 38 answers

Hope for Recovery and Repair?

Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Stop using my email address, whoever you are!!!

My email address being used by someone on bn.com (Barnes and Noble)... [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on May 21, 2012 - 29 answers

A run of ID thefts

Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

At what point do you start worrying about your children's credit reports?

The other day my 13 year old received an application for a Discover Card in the mail. At the time, I dismissed it as junk mail. Trans Union mentions that receiving applications may be a sign of a problem, and even has a site related to the issue here. While diving into a fraud investigation request for one application seems overkill, how common is this, and at what point does one start monitoring all this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id?

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Feb 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Sharing is caring?

Is there any risk involved in giving my university student ID and password to an acquaintance? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jan 25, 2012 - 21 answers

The story of me, me, me, you, you, you, he, he, he, she, she, she

Building on this FPP, I'd like to start writing fiction about multiple internet identities. Is anyone else wrting about this?
posted by Xurando on Jan 13, 2012 - 0 answers

Squatters on My Internet Lawn!

WTF? I just Googled myself and someone has a site that is www.myname.com and it looks like a blog that is aggregating (or producing) articles which are similar to those that I've written and published elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Smells like Adult Spirit

Agitated at being at my small liberal arts college. Not sure how much is me, how much is college, how much is the "real world". Please give it to me bluntly. [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Jan 1, 2012 - 76 answers

Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?

A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos on Dec 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How to stop these identity thieves!

Someone is applying for an auto loan using my identity. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Renting off the grid? Is is possible?

It's a little complicated, but it's about identity and renting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 - 28 answers

What should you do if you're (almost) a victim of identity theft?

I think I was (almost) a victim of identity theft. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Nov 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Is my doctor astroturfing his online reviews?

I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in NYC to talk about tattoo removal next week. I made the appointment based on unanimously glowing reviews posted online. Now, reading through the reviews again, I've been struck by certain details that make me wonder if these comments are mostly an astroturfing campaign. I've been waiting awhile for my appointment, so I don't want to cancel if I'm just being paranoid. Help me out, Mefi Sleuths. [more inside]
posted by specialfriend on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Electronic John Hancock

What's the best way to handle an electronic signature on a website-hosted submission form? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Oct 20, 2011 - 2 answers

What does it mean to be Yugoslav?

What does it mean when someone self-identifies as a Yugoslav as opposed to a Serb, Croat, etc? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Oct 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Those better NOT have been the best years of my life!

A year after college, I finally have a job and a place to live. And, oh god, now what do I do?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 - 17 answers

I don't want to hold back, I don't want to slip down

How do you let go of negative self-identify when it feels like letting go of yourself? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Oct 2, 2011 - 22 answers

who am I?

I feel like I just have moment-to-moment mindsets; that I have no underlying unitary will. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 - 12 answers

I've been caled a lot of things, but nothing I would call a name.

My younger brother is doing a Peace Corp stint in Senegal. His host family (with whom he's staying while he learns the language) has taken to calling him by the name of their son of the same age. While I'm sure this is a gesture of welcoming, I find it very odd. Is this customary? What's the convention and where does it come from. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Oct 1, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I be at peace with my newly progressive town?

I feel like I am turning into a crotchety old woman about newcomers in my town and I am only 25 years old. Help me get this chip off my shoulder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 36 answers

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity.

I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Sep 17, 2011 - 2 answers

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