There are dangerously false stereotypes about aliens that not only diminish our sentience but also distort our self-image. While it is perfectly natural and acceptable for sentient beings to engage in a variety of emotional expressions, when an alien’s expression makes others uncomfortable, the labels given to those expressions become his identity. A human’s emotional reactions, regardless of how outlandish or inappropriate, are perceived differently than those of aliens. When humans express their emotional state, it is perceived as a “bad hair day” or perhaps, a hormonal imbalance. When an alien does the same, her behavior becomes who she is in the sight of others. She is assumed to be easy to trigger and difficult to control. The label silences the natural, organic expression to feelings of overwhelmingness, fear and the experience of being stripped of personal power or private space.

Iyavanz Antla (flipped source)

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