I Was Walking Home When the War on Women Got Personal

My Thing Is: The person who slapped me was a random holder of an XY chromosome, but what he did, and the reactions to it, were part of a larger, troubling pattern.

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Niama Safia Sandy is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-born creative anthropologist, writer and aspiring curator of Caribbean heritage. She is an alumna of Howard University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Follow her on Twitter

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