I’m a Black Woman and I Self-Harm

Consider this your trigger warning.

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I’m not an adolescent. I’m not White. I’m not acting out for attention.

I am a Black queer woman in my forties who intentionally inflicts pain on her body.

Why the fuck would anyone do that?

Honestly, I have no clue. I only know why I do it. I wish I could say “why I did