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eytanz
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« on: July 14, 2017, 10:10:43 AM »

EP584: Your Body, By Default

AUTHOR: Alexis Hunter
NARRATOR: Alex Acks
HOST: Divya Breed

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They brought you back because they want something from you. Maybe one day they will bring people back because they can or because it’s the right thing to do — but for now there’s you and there’s them and there’s the unspoken obligations that lie between you both.

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The IED blew your body into pieces: bone and brain and blood, sprayed in the sand with the twisted shell of your tank.

Maybe you weren’t always happy with your body; maybe your breasts were smaller than you would have liked and your toes reminded you of tree roots and there was that one mole right in the middle of your back that you always managed to catch with the hook of your bra; but it was your body. Your history was written in scars and tattoos. And you knew it, inside and out.

You made it yours over the years — the shaved sides of your head accenting the bright shock of magenta hair spilling over the top, the solid black contact lenses that made pupil and iris indistinguishable, the ornate scrolling ink that wrapped your ribcage.

This hunk of flesh you now inhabit is foreign. It is devoid of scar and ink and memory. It bulges or dips in all the wrong places. What it is is wrong, just as what it isn’t is wrong. It’s ten kinds of not you and you’re helpless under this skin.


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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 12:01:14 PM »

It may have been obvious to everyone else, but I was shocked to hear Alexis Hunter's inspiration for the piece. Especially after the comment that females were so much more complicated because of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, etc., all I could think about was the bias of using males in biological research.
Clinical trials were almost exclusively male up through the '90's, and a shocking percentage of animal research is male-centric to this day. As a scientist whose lab has been guilty of cutting corners by only worrying about males, I couldn't help but cringe when I realized that this story is completely feasible given the biases in research.

I loved the interplay between identity and authority - definitely shared with my coworkers!
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 11:11:47 AM »

It may have been obvious to everyone else, but I was shocked to hear Alexis Hunter's inspiration for the piece. Especially after the comment that females were so much more complicated because of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, etc., all I could think about was the bias of using males in biological research.
Clinical trials were almost exclusively male up through the '90's, and a shocking percentage of animal research is male-centric to this day. As a scientist whose lab has been guilty of cutting corners by only worrying about males, I couldn't help but cringe when I realized that this story is completely feasible given the biases in research.

I loved the interplay between identity and authority - definitely shared with my coworkers!

That's an excellent point that hadn't even struck me, but I was aware that this is an issue in science and research from a few stories that Science Friday has done on this in the past.

Well-spotted!

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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 02:47:27 PM »

As a trans woman this hit me, doing the time trapped in a body I didn't want. I wonder if they do make female bodies would our two women choose to re-up to be female bodied again but 60 years would be a lot.

Thank you.


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