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The body of taboos

Text & images: Rozan Snoek

The body is

Scars, part of the past, symbolising the anxiety, pain and loneliness I felt;

Hair, that is supposed to be shaved, clean and invisible;

Breasts, that don’t belong to the person I see in the mirror and who I am on the inside;

Blood, running down my leg, labelled as dirty and impure and something ‘to be concealed’;

Lust, with a flower that is meant to be kept for the ‘right’ person;

Fat, overloaded with diets to create the perfect shape and size;

Worn skin, marked by the experiences of life;

The body I live in everyday and write to you with;

The body full of taboos.

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