Talk:Passing

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I have edited the bit on deception from stating that it doesn't imply deception in the cases of trans individuals to stating that it doesn't anyway, in most situations.

In the case of light-skinned mixed race individuals, for example, there may be completely no attempt to "appear white", and therefore no deceit involved. People are generally not responsible for the assumptions others form about them, so why the fuck would anyone read deceit into it and magically conclude trans people are the only ones to get a pass for passing?

Another example might be a gay/bi person who does not seem stereotypically gay/bi. There is clearly a difference between letting people think what they think, and intentionally deceiving them. Withholding information about one's orientation or racial origins is justifiable, as much discrimination is based in these factors, and it isn't any of their damned business anyway.

Hence the edit.— Unsigned, by: 94.173.229.73 / talk / contribs

Code switching[edit]

How do 'passing' and 'code switching' inter-relate?

We probably all do both to some extent on occasion. Anna Livia (talk) 18:55, 6 September 2021 (UTC)

They're related, but I think code switching is less likely to have negative connotations. Code switching is generally an attempt to speak the language or dialect of one's audience to facilitate communication. In multilingual or multidialectical societies, it can be quite common. Bongolian (talk) 20:15, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
'Imposter syndrome' might also overlap slightly, and also 'being courteous/coming to an arrangement'/'When in Rome do as the Romans, elsewhere do likewise.' Anna Livia (talk) 12:48, 7 September 2021 (UTC)