we often concentrate on the power of focusing one’s gaze at the expense of withholding it.
of the many dichotomies women and queers are forced to face, theory vs practice and lived experience vs knowledge can be the most pernicious. this is where guilt festers.
ownership is one of many models of how we can relate to our bodies.
even in the absence of active discrimination or threats of violence, being self-conscious of one’s race/gender/religion/sexuality/etc speaks volumes of the structural imbalances.