Dear Nefoos: Be All The Funny You Can Be

Reluctant Mysticism

Dear daddy

My dearest nefoos,

This video has been circulating widely over the interwebs in the past week. It’s a tough one to watch. Right now you all are far too young to see such things, but you aren’t too young to learn the message.

I was called a whore when I was 9 and a half years old.

I don’t tell you this to gross you out, but because you need to know that the message in this video is terrifyingly true for many girls — girls in your class, girls in your Sunday School, girls on the bus, girls in swimming club, girls on your block. You see, I developed a little bit early. Boys honed in on that reality quickly. And, like the video, made horrible statements about my sexuality, my body and my personhood because… it was funny.

They had learned that “whore”, “bitch”, “slut”, “cunt”, “dirty-vag”, “fag”, “les”…

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