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May 2, 2002
When I read The Awakening by Kate Chopin initially, I cried for days. The only other time I cried for days was when I got my period at 11 because all chances of me switching over to male for a brief exploration of the sex were long gone. I told this to my therapist and she cocked her head and coughed. Then asked, “Do you feel you are a man inside?” And I said, “I was eleven years old for God’s sake! And I found myself bleeding profusely all of the sudden. It was very traumatic!” She made some notes.