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Stress Positions

Top surgery, public pools, ballet classes, and why 2022 feels like the worst possible moment to come back to my body.

Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Human Parts
Published in
14 min readJul 13, 2022

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The murky water of a pool, and bodies moving around in darkness.
Like “Jaws,” but for teenage boys with rage issues. Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

Here is my body in July, early afternoon, in a car headed from New York to Virginia: I am lying on my side in the half-reclined passenger seat, arms crossed over my chest. My right leg is bent…

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Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Human Parts

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.