I’m 30 and have never been the type of girl that cishet men would label as beautiful or even attractive so the way I’ve always presented myself has fallen outside of the male gaze, but sometimes I wear dresses or make up and it’s like the men who normally pass me by instantly take notice like I’m a new girl around here, which is often why I hate dressing within those barriers.

Long story short, men suck and sexism runs so deep in so many areas of self and the world that it takes a lot of work to dismantle. I do not socialize with a lot of cis men and I’ve been the better for it, to be honest.