“So long as my vag works, I can pass for normal, I’d thought. I could be normal, more or less, since a woman’s body is her net worth. If my uterus contains a pre-human, I’m not dead yet, was my new rationale.”
In her essay Foreign Body, Katie Gene Friedman takes the reader on an odyssey of gynecological misadventures, exploring what a sexual and reproductive future looks like for her retrofitted body, as she navigates the absurdities of gender roles, religion, and the healthcare system.
Katie Gene Friedman is a queer, invisibly disabled high school dropout working in sexual and reproductive health. Her words have appeared in Peach Mag, Maudlin House, Expat Press, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @ValleyGirlLift.
32 pages, Chapbook, Scout Book Series, ISBN 978-1-892061-942
Cover designed by the author. Illustration by Andréa Grasso.
Released on December 16th, 2022 (Print run: 750 copies).
The book will also be available to stores through Small Press Distribution and Antiquated Future.
E-Book coming in early 2023.