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We Need to Talk About the Intersection of Femininity and Trauma

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw an article pop up on Facebook titled “How to be more feminine.” My immediate reaction was like that of a cat being startled — hair standing on end and tail poufed up in anticipation of an attack.

I guess you could say that I got triggered and my nervous system went into fight mode. You see, this was a common refrain I heard in my household growing up, and it has left deep scars that I carry with me to this day.

I think most of us have some degree of disdain for tropes like this because society’s fixation on what is or is not masculine or feminine is constantly being shoved down our throats.

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