‘Scars reinforce the social sanctity of female flesh’

Interesting article by Jean/ne, a bi-gendered writer and aspiring historian, about the gendered readings of scars, and such, from this month’s Scavenger:

‘As a person who has presented themselves to the world as a man and a woman at different times in life, I have been in a unique position to see how the concepts of gender and physical appearance play themselves out against each other, especially when it comes to the body, scars, and perceived gender.

I have 100+ scars on my body, 75% of which are self-inflicted and many which are hard to miss and impossible to look away from.

Most people have the good manners and sense to not ask about them and I volunteer no information about them, not even when asked.

My scars are neither a sense of pride nor shame for me. They were what I had to do in order to survive. They are a statement of fact, completely neutral, and I do not downplay nor exalt them.’

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Freelance provocateur. Enthusiastic optimist. Dancing bear. Believer. Facilitator of perversion. Disseminator. Libertine. Moth and flame. Rouser of rabble. Stirrer of pots. Bowerbird. Public spectacle.
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