‘Assassination Nation’ and the Transgender Gaze

“All you’re looking at is the nudity, but this isn’t about that. This isn’t about the sex or the porn or even being naked. This is about everything that goes into it. The pressure. The endless mindfuck. The 10,000 naked selfies you took before this one, trying to get it just right. Trying to make sure the light hides your left nipple because it’s slightly inverted or it’s smaller or maybe your labia’s too big, but if you pull your pelvic bone up, and bend to the left slightly in a low-light setting… then you will be beautiful. Hashtag flawless. Body confident. But it’s all one big lie you can never be because nobody’s flawless, and all it takes is one fucking asshole to remind you of that. One guy to say ‘lol’ or ‘she’s nasty’ and you’re right back at square one. So yeah, maybe it is explicit or extreme but it sure as hell looks like life to me.”

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