Building the Trans Gaze For Myself
Why does my assigned sex have to limit me at all?
to be a boy
drawn toseen as
Eve Ettinger is an adjunct professor at a community college in southwest Virginia. Their writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Longreads, Vice, Autostraddle, The Rumpus, and more. They co-host a podcast, Kitchen Table Cult, with Kieryn Darkwater, and have a weekly column in the Dogwood. They are working on a memoir about recovering pleasure after C-PTSD and growing up Quiverfull.
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