traded up on for safety

04/02/2012

after the Cindy Crabb reading i biked home thru the steady rain and dark, dodging cars and chanting in my booming tenor:

THE BOUGHT AND SOLD BODY
TRADED UP ON FOR SAFETY
THE BOUGHT AND SOLD BODY
TRADED UP ON FOR SAFETY
what you want, a hip, a breast, a thigh, a wing?
drapers’ family farm fresh, the best
THE BOUGHT AND SOLD BODY
THE BOUGHT AND SOLD BODY
TRADED UP ON FOR SAFETY

over and over. got home and C was smiling, wanted to regale me with some something, cooli’llberightbackgottawritesomethingdown. jogged downstairs chanting, rhyming, hoping to keep the flow but nothing more came. crept back up the stairs after and smiled and listened (tho i can’t even recall what it was now), and went off to whatever.

the rhyme is both about trading up on sex or perceived attractiveness for resources (esp. safety) but also about the medicalization of trans bodies. also also of course about capitalism and alienated labor. and and and. dig how broadly applicable to so many circumstances.

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