How 15-Year-Old Me Severed Ties with Toxic Femininity

Chopping off my own hair was my first act of gender expression and heteronormative resistance

Maya Strong
Human Parts
Published in
9 min readMay 16, 2023

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

I decided to make the “big chop” when my parents and I ran into a typical 14-year-old boy from my grade at the main store in town, a dollar store. As my parents pilfered through People magazine in the checkout lines…

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Maya Strong
Human Parts

Intersectional feminist. Everyday activist. Out/proud sapphic woman(ish). She/they. For the rest, read my words. Say hi @ mayastrong.writer@gmail.com