I don’t know. My daughter is 14 and I have not raised her to feel shameful about her body. I am very open with her and try to make sure she doesn’t feel the way I did about breasts, and periods (i taped my breasts down and hid my bloody underwear for over a year before my mother found me out), and still, on vacation with her father this summer, she refused to swim the entire trip because she started her period and didn’t feel comfortable asking for tampons (or using them, actually, though I’ve shown her how to use them). That suggests to me that the stigma of womanhood is alive and well and deeply, culturally embroiled.

It’s truly sad.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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