NutShell: The Covering

Identity is something that is intrinsic to any human being. A unique collection of memories, relationships, and, physical space. Despite not making any sense, some people just hate other people for factors far out of there control. For example, a lot of the time people will be told not to mention the fact that they’re gay within a job interview. Now, in all honesty, the fact that you’re gay should not come up during any job interview. Let alone be one of the many criteria you’re judged by during the hiring process. As a large population, especially within the United States, still views being gays unfavorable trait and as It’s relatively unknown how they will respond to such topics. Now, active withholding this information with changing you are perceived to others is Covering. However, Kenji Yoshino says it best “Everyone covers. To cover is to down a disfavored to fit into the mainstream.”. So, for example in the statement, I said earlier about being gay. Covering for being gay would be portraying yourself as straight. So, let’s say you’re in the company showers and the guys are talking about celebrities that they think are attractive and everyones throwing out names like Scarlett Kohansson, Kim Carasson, and, Jegan Fox. You really want to say Jeff Goldblum, but you know that you’ll be ostracized for saying that, so you say Jessica Elba. It basically amounts to pre-emptive reaction to social ostracization.


Hiding has been part of humanity since before we were human. Actively withdrawing yourself to the secluded area to be sheltered from threats is something that all life does. However, like all survival strategy strategies, it’s only effective in the right place at the right time. Don’t conserve water in the rainforest or go to Antarctica naked. And you shouldn’t have to hide in a society that should expect you for who you are.  Covering, just like ill-applied survival, can result in serious damage to one’s health and sanity. One can become disconcerting with themselves and society. Hatred can be a natural response to pent up emotions especially to those who are the source. “The True Self is associated with human spontaneity and authenticity: “Only the True Self can be creative and only the True Self can feel real.” The False Self, in contrast, gives an individual a sense of being unreal, a sense of futility. It mediates the relationship between the True Self and the world.” No matter what in someone’s life not being able to be who you are can be maddening. It Leads to a disregard of those who put you down and not in their self-interest. Such as saying things that take their cause for social recognition back years. It is almost paradoxical as those who wish to bring their authorization to an end must be stronger than their oppressors.


So, murderers are terrible people. I’m glad to live in a society where murderers are fully punished by the law. Outside of the moral ambiguity of medical procedures and horticulture. Someone with a gun going around killing other people is wrong and gets punished but Is that a violation of their rights. As we are suppressing that type of person who goes out murder someone. and are we forcing people to cover who want to murder people, so they must suppress that part of identity?

One Reply to “NutShell: The Covering”

  1. Hi Doyle,

    Right now, your opening paragraph makes the demand to cover seem inexplicable. But we have materials to think about that with. I’d like to see you incorporate them into this paragraph and rewrite it to acknowledge the real reasons covering is part of our social fabric. Here’s what I mean–>In class the other day, we talked about the reasons why societies make demands on people to cover parts of their identities, and Yoshino explains that even as he understands the “dark side” of assimilation, that assimilation fosters “fluid social interactions” and “peaceful coexistence.” So, I’d like to see you revise your opening paragraph and integrate this idea into it. This idea should not just be shoe-horned into your existing paragraph. It should inspire you to rethink the intellectual foundations of the first paragraph.

    I’d also like the introduction of your paper to better (more explicitly) summarize the parts of the conversation (Yoshino/our essential questions) that your paper responds to. Right now, you’re saying stuff about identity, but a reader from outside our class would have a hard time putting what you’re saying into context.

    In paragraph two, I’m not sure how the TS/FS quote you use relates to the point you make in first half of the paragraph.

    I’m not at all sure how paragraph 3 follows/connects to the other two paragraphs.

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