We require space. Space to explore, to falter, to make up our minds and change them again, to persist and to persevere. Space to understand who we were, who we are, and who we aspire to be.
The multifaceted aspects that construct identities are simplified, categorised and packaged into predetermined profiles, a process that reduces complex identities to mere stereotypes.
Factors such as gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, weight and disability can all affect one’s position within the spectrum of power in society. The intersection of multiple factors can either consolidate a position of privilege or expose an individual to compounded discrimination. This phenomenon is exemplified in the childcare benefits scandal.