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My greatest abrasion lies in the payments. To be perceived as premium, to access stories behind a paywall, all of that.

Not because I cannot afford it — I live with many privileges I don’t deserve — but because not everyone can. There are too many whose stories deserve to be told, and too many who depend on this life-breath of others. This served as a daily check-in for some, and I miss it.

I won’t actively buy into Medium’s transformation to another classism application.