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Brown girl with a body

The first draft of this piece was almost weeping blood at the corners. I will try not to make this about pain: women of colour have a relationship to their bodies that is often rooted in it, but it would be denying the years of effort and theory built by women writers of colour. I will try to make this about healing.

I grew up believing I was ugly. My mother straightened my hair every time I washed it and if even a single…