Junkie

Cory Monday

Chicago, United States

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So. The bruise you see on my inner arm is not from mainlining smack, it’s from an IV needle.
I all too frequently find myself in Emergency Rooms because of an Auto-immune illness which affects my bodily functions in various ways. More often than not, before i’m able to give a rundown of my condition, i’m met with raised eyebrows by doctors who immediately assume that, because i’m so thin, i must be a junkie. Or anorexic. I’m given blood-tests to prove i’m not high out of my mind before i’m given proper treatment.
Sometimes i’m lying there for hours.

Thinness is not a character defect, nor is it an indication that a woman is on drugs or starving herself to death.
I’m pretty fucking sick of women making snide comments about my thinness, men telling me i should “put some meat on my bones”.

I say, “screw you, baby”.

Not only should we have acceptance for women who are not stick-figures, but for those of us who perhaps are as skinny as the women you see in Vogue since 1965.
Hatred towards women who do meet the arbitrary standards of the vapid fashion industry is just as insidious and ignorant as hatred towards women who can’t fit into a size 2-4.

Here’s a novel idea – why not appreciate a woman for her individual beauty?
To judge anyone based on a number on a scale as it relates to what you see in Teen Magazine this season is ignorant and insulting to everyone’s intelligence.

Acceptance works both ways.

I’m a skinny bitch, and i’m proud of it.

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