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my muscles go rigid underneath your touch
i try to make my voice sound polite and calm
as if i don't totally hate this
like nothing is going on
staring at the ceiling i focus on suppressing instinct
you speak in a tone i find insulting
can't be rude so i answer shortly
if you must, take my pleasantries
my words and tone are constructed
specifically for damage control
and you don't seem to notice or care
how uncomfortable you make me
oh you make me so uncomfortable
you make me
want to sink deep into this hospital bed
with a pillow over my head
so far down you can't reach me

oh doctor you're making me sick
i got a case of the research subject blues
my value is my body
and my body is science's tool

and you're a respectable professional
yet it seems your hands find an excuse
to be where they need not go
and meanwhile you condescend
explaining what i already know
with you it's so vulnerable yet so clinical
so impersonal yet so intimate
in the land of cold hard facts
where emotions don't exist
i'll call it depoliticized
and you can call it objective
there is no culture here and power is purely practical
your body's motions are only logistical
and the resemblance of sexual exploitation
surely is purely my imagination


from Don't Tell Me How To Feel, released May 3, 2016



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