things i needed to hear in health class:
- puberty might make you squishier and its ok
- vaginas have a smell and it’s a ok
- all kinds of people with all kinds of bodies have gr8 sex
- genitals do not all look the same and variety is rad
- people have stretch marks sometimes
- people have pimples on their butts sometimes
- people have cellulite sometimes
- gender =/= sex
- sex =/= scary danger FEAR
- bodies aren’t scary or gross or sacred
- everything is ok
Props to my 6 year old self for calling out bullshit at an early age.
I’mma tell a little story.
When I was in college I had a job working at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I had this job not long after I had a major surgery, when my immune system was not at its best. I’d had the surgery in December, and the job started in February (I remember because they intentionally waited until AFTER Valentine’s Day so as not to overwhelm me), so I was pretty much recovered, but still struggling with some post-surgery illnesses. On top of that I was taking a full course load and I was in a relationship.
Every day when I went in to work the manager asked how I was doing. And I would answer honestly. “Tired.” “Good, but I have a bit of a headache.” “Stressed out because I have a test tomorrow.” “My ankle has been acting up, but I’m okay.”
Long story short, in September I got fired. They claimed it was because they didn’t realize how much of a time commitment marching band was and they couldn’t lose me for so many hours, but I had been very upfront with them about it and they had claimed that wasn’t a problem.
I know it’s because the (older) manager thought that I was “too young to have so many problems” (migraines, an ankle with a recurring stress injury, etc.).
All because when they asked me how I was doing I didn’t just smile and say “good.”
shout out to all the people still following me even though im a fucking idiot
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