In that moment, I lost my innocence.
The rejection was intense.
Discomfort pushed me into a new reality.
I sent his mansplaining right back at him.
You’d think we’d never set foot in a studio before.
I craved being understood from a new perspective.
Choose the few you love over trying to please everyone.
I had mom friends, but I’d never had a tribe in LA.
My fantasies blinded how valuable my friends were.
Perceptions changed when I started looking out for myself.
How can one not adore their own home?
I could never say, “I’m sorry, you’re right.”
I decided to value my life differently.
It feels like the thing I was always meant to do.
When there aren’t women to look up to.
Don’t call me attractive at work.
I learned mediocre-white-man confidence.
I needed to be by myself. She wasn't getting it.
I will not be belittled because of my sex.
My dad never told me "I love you."
He asked me if I was pregnant. I was not.
I stayed because the highs were so high.
After sex I turned my head the other way and cried.
My biggest monster is my self-doubt.
I felt misunderstood and judged.