I've always been the kind of feminist to speak out against cisnormative and patriarchal beauty standards. But as a black trans woman, getting my breasts augmented would make me feel safer in public, and help me feel more at home in my body. Could I reconcile cosmetic surgery with my feminist ideals?
Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive. I'm relegated to the role of teacher and therapist in my dating life — and too often, I fear for my safety.