Elizabeth Gee

'Die Tanzerin' by Klimt


Fitting in is a funny thing. I notice that some of us who look so different that we do not even fit into our own biological heritage either fight it, by trying to assimilate as best we can into some group, or we go within, and connect with the tribal spirit of our ancestors.

Then there are those who are going out of their way to try and differentiate themselves by being unique among the mass majority to which they belong. This seems to be a trend that is more prevalent among those categorized as white. It is the latter of these two that has a choice.

For those of us who do not have that choice, we have different options. These choices are personal to each one of us. I went to school with a Tunganese woman who was 300 pounds. Other students were in awe of her. She carried strength, and centeredness. She wore the clothes of her origin. Her features were different than any ethnic group in the U.S.A. with a population percentage of over 1%. She was respected, and never spoken of poorly, even when she wasn't present. This proud woman did not choose to try to conform. She always chose to dress appropriately, but still within her unique style for her culture and figure. She was uniquely beautiful.

Fitting in is a funny thing ...

Elizabeth Gee was born in San Francisco and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two young children. She is a Human Factors Engineer doing website design. Having a Masters in Computer-Aided Design. Liz has taught computer animation at UCLA. She is a photographer, as well as a graphics artist.