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I push the door open slowly, hoping that I’ve gotten to class early enough that there aren’t a lot of people in the room yet to look at me when I enter. As I walk to my seat, I put my bag down and grab a notebook out of it quickly. Then I spend the next ten minutes before class readjusting my shirt, whichever one I’d decided was most “slimming” that day, and pulling it away from my body so that it hides my stomach as best as possible. If I can, I’ll put books right in front of me. I cross my legs tightly and fold my arms in an attempt to shrink myself into a smaller body. I don’t want to take up any space. [excerpt]
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O'Donnell, Meghan E., "The Weight of Sarcasm" (2015). SURGE. 218.