Coke, is your ‘raging bitch’ persona really all that different from wanting to be a fictional character? I mean, yeah there’s meaningful and creepy differences between playing a role and wanting to be a specific fictional character instead of putting a particular spin on yourself, but I feel like there’s a bit of pot calling kettle black going on here. Your whole ‘deal’ on this site feels a lot like that sort of fantasy. :/
On which fictional character am I based? Am I pretending to be someone else’s character, or would you at least grant that my online persona is somewhat original? That’s the point.
Everyone’s aspirational identity is based on various amalgams of both real and fictional role models. That’s not the problem. The problem is when people do it passively, without any self-examination or original thought.
Self knowledge is critical here. It’s the difference in being able to say, “I know who I am, and therefore I have adopted ‘X’ as an expression of my identity,” versus, “I don’t have a fucking clue who I am, and therefore I have adopted ‘X’ as an expression of my identity.”
One is clothing. The other is costume.