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on a serious note

My reading list has, for the most part, gotten a little heavier lately.

When you find out the world is against you. (Trigger warning: stories of sexual assault.)
When I was a kid I would jump into the lake and stay underwater, just for the moment when things would go silent. I'd surface, let the yelling, talking, dog barking back into my ears, the sound of my feet as I ran down the hollow wooden boards of our dock. Then I'd hang airborne for a moment before hitting the water again. The loud rush into my ears, then numb silence. I lived for that lonely numb silence in this womblike peace and safety.
But now the tiny invisible soft hairs on my arms and neck stand on end because instead of the peace I felt in that silence, it is fear I now feel. I turn and face a small old Indian man sitting on the bench behind me and pulling his hand back from touching me. He smiles.
The invention of heterosexuality
The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or per…

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