"Lucid and sophisticated.” —The Guardian
“The desire and the wrongness both, inseparable, pulled at me.”
The ACA allowed me to pursue independence as a person with a disability.
“Why would I need scientific corroboration to make my disability legitimate?”
“Who is responsible for and to this woman, her safety, her body, her memory?”
I was offered the chance to erase the most visible sign of my poverty.
“I was cast as the needy patient, clamoring for attention.”
“I am angry that words are never just words.”
“There was no doubt in my mind that he was working up his nerve to do something unwelcome.”
“Women’s bodies, I was taught, must be a special kind of strong. Women’s bodies must quietly endure.”
My mother, sister, and I thought we’d fit in at the Japanese spa. Then we found out what “bathing suit optional” actually means.
“I felt like I was a piece of clockwork waiting to be fixed.”
“Smiling is a black man’s telekinesis.”
“You may not know the words but you haven’t forgotten.”
“Their eyes peeled off my clothes.”
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