Thank you for sharing this story. There is so much in your experience that resonates with mine: the innate sensitivity, so easily steered into a timidity that dovetailed with the more vicious elements of the Mad Men era; the inherited belief that safety came through being with a man, despite all evidence to the contrary; that sudden flipping of the switch that led to a searing clarity about, as you say, exactly where my line was drawn. I pity the fool who messes with you, oh glorious badass that you are.

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