Dichotomy Enforcement

Transgender is a seesaw between monstrosity and invisibility; people either hate you or can't admit that you exist. I even forget that I exist sometimes, but I knew it with sharp anger when when my mother sent me a newspaper article entitled "Slaying of transgender teen haunts city". Tacked on was a post-it note saying "Be careful, Luke." The sword in some pictures doubles as a phallus and a castration device; the threat is always implicit.

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Dimensions: approximately 40" tall, 18" in diameter.

The note:

The newspaper article:

(this is the article that was printed out and made into the skirt for the mannequin).

The sword: