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You Will Be Uncomfortable

If you are a woman
Living in the United States of America in 2017,
You Will Be Uncomfortable.
Eyes will always be on you.
Hands will always be reaching for you.
Sometimes they will touch
And sometimes their touch will not be gentle.

If you have dark skin
And live in the United States of America in 2017,
You Will Be Uncomfortable.
Eyes will always look away from you.
Strangers will cross the street to avoid you.
People will say things
And not all of them will be embarrassed at what they say.

If your love is unconventional
And you live in the United States of America in 2017,
You Will Be Uncomfortable.
You will be judged
And told that how you feel is a decision that you can change.
You can choose to hide, to lie about yourself,
But will that really make you any less
Uncomfortable?

If you have a “disability”
Either mental or physical
And you live in the United States of America in 2017,
You certainly don’t need me to tell you
How Uncomfortable You Will Be
Always to be reminded that you are different.

But just because you are different,
Why should you be made to feel that way?

If you are a straight white man in 2017
Born in the United States of America
To a good home with supportive parents,
There is a very good chance
That you will be given every opportunity to prove your worth.
Some more than others, true,
But all of us more than them.
We will be seen as active subjects of our own sentences,
Given the benefit of the doubt, even armed in crowded spaces,
And not be told that to want what we want is in any way
Unnatural.
Yet We, too, Shall Be Uncomfortable.
That’s just the way the world is.

Because the differences are fading,
The different are gaining ground
And when you’ve been in the lead for so long,
It’s hard to be told there’s no such thing as a race.
It’s Uncomfortable.
So if you are a straight white man in 2017,
Born in the United States of America,
Please learn to live with being Uncomfortable from time to time,
With being called out, with ceding power
To those who aren’t straight white American males.
We are all going to be
Uncomfortable
Or, at least, that’s the best we can hope for.

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About Polypsyches

I write, regardless of medium or genre, but mostly I manage a complex combined Science-Fiction/Fantasy Universe--in other words, I'm building Geek Heaven. With some other stuff on the side. View all posts by Polypsyches

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