I am still struggling with this. Today, I woke up to texts from my mom saying I was going to lose my part-time job (working with kids) because of a recent post I wrote. Not sure if the sex or the atheism was the worry, but this only-let-people-know-the-good-stuff mentality has haunted me my whole life. When I was in college, she told me I would someday lose my (nonexistent) kids in a custody hearing because she found a photo of me online in a bra with no shirt. It’s taken therapy to get where I can share my writing again, but it is very difficult to do it freely, with her metaphorically looking over my shoulder.

I wrote Writing First-Person While Respecting Others’ Privacy while staying at her house and trying to see it from her perspective.

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Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They darcyreeder.substack.com

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