Without my mask, I get ignored.

Cat
Washington DC

If I speak in my normal voice, I get ignored and spoken over. If I speak loudly, people look embarrassed (but they still don’t hear what I have to say). I’ve gone through silent periods over the years. It’s tiring, wearing a mask of charm and cultural whitewash. Why is it so hard for people to just listen to me? Or even to just see me?

 

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