As of 2023 I have returned to going by Robin Greenfield and am no longer going by Rob Greenfield. Robin Julian Greenfield is my birth name. I was named after the robin bird.
When you call me Robin…
I feel warmth and tenderness.
I feel a gentleness inside of me.
I also feel vulnerable…
I went by Rob since age 12 because I was afraid…
Afraid of being compared to a girl, because I mostly saw girls and women with this name,
Afraid of not being “man enough” and being perceived as gay by a homophobic society.
Afraid of being the sidekick (to Batman) rather than the hero.
I was feeling so much insecurity and worry in these years.
I have returned to Robin…
Because I love having balanced qualities of feminine and masculine.
Because I have overcome much of the sexism inside of me that was engrained into me by the patriarchy that I was born into. I now think in equality, mutuality, communion and belonging with women.
Because I have shed much of my own homophobia that was engrained into me from a dominator culture.
Because I am safe and secure with being me, just as I am.
It is vulnerable to return to Robin.
When I hear you call me Robin, I am taken back to being a young boy who was lost and confused.
When I hear you call me Robin, I feel a deeper connection to you, because my mind thinks we must have known each other for many years and I then feel this in my heart.
As I fully return to Robin this vulnerability will will fade away.
When I hear you call me Robin I feel the gentleness of the Robin bird that my name was gifted to me from.
I am reminded to be gentle and caring to you, to all of humanity, to Earth and to all of our plant and animal relatives. I so do deeply desire and yearn to embody the gentleness and care that we as a humanity need so dearly.
I am reminded that I am part of a community with every being and creature on Earth. I am reminded I am of the Earth.
I have been struggling to overcome the colonization, capitalism, oppression and exploitation that I have had beaten into me by society from the day I was born. Each day I strive to unlearn and relearn and this is what I’ve been doing for the last ten years. Yet there is still much unlearning and relearning to do.
I will strive to meet you with the gentleness of the robin and I humbly request and hope to be met with this gentleness by you.
Thank you to Dear Friends at Big Cedar
for assisting me with the website and Search Engine Optimization portion of returning to Robin. I highly recommend Victor at Big Cedar to fellow nonprofits, activists and community organizations who are seeking an SEO consultant
to help reach a wider audience to affect positive change on Earth.