I heave my suitcase into the overhead bin, and hesitantly take my seat. Seemingly unaware that I have arrived, the woman continues reading the paper; her elbow extending into my seat space and resting deep into my intestines. I shift in my seat in an effort to dislodge her elbow; my ample hips cause the armrest to raise as they settle in. She clears her throat and looks over her newspaper at me. Her subtle microaggression of defending her space reinforces the myriad messages I’ve already received: fat people are undeserving of occupying a shared space.
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