to the two indian cis women who pointed at me & said, "look that man is in a saree isn't that hilarious?" & laughed. 

i wanted to let you know that my mother never taught me how to tie a saree. that my grandmother never gave me her jewelry. that i have been made to feel like an imposter in my own body my entire life. 

what a strange thing it is to be accused of masquerading as yourself -- as if we have become so accustomed to lies that we mistake truth as fiction. 

this body does not belong to a man. 
this fabric does not belong to a woman. 
but this power belongs to me. 
this power belongs to me.

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