- Posted May 3, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What does your name say about you?
Whats In A Name
Then of course, as the as the gay rights movement gained momentum through the course of my life, many new "opportunities" for confusion occurred. Today the term "Manlove" is listed in the Urban Dictionary as a euphemism for any manner of sexual acts between consenting male homosexuals. And Sports Writers and commentators across the country have taken to using “Manlove” as a descriptor of male admiration for male professional athletes of all sports.
But despite a lifetime of teasing, snide comments and the occasional unwelcome advance having the name Kim Manlove has helped instill in me a certain amount of humility and compassion. Compassion for others, who through no fault or choice of their own may bear some disability or mark, seen or unseen, that draws the unwanted attention of others whose ignorance or prejudice leads them to make some hurtful or stigmatizing remark or gesture.
It has helped me understand and appreciate that we are who we are and not what we are called or named.