Other Clumps of Cells That Should be Considered “Natural Persons” and Worthy of Rabid Protection

An incomplete list

Kimberly Harrington
May 10 · 1 min read

First graders eleven days before Christmas

High school students three days away from graduation

College students on the last day of classes

Children who are fancy-free without their umbilical cords but are hungry for school lunch

The faithful attending synagogue

The faithful attending mosque

The faithful who somehow still have faith

Black men just driving their cars

Black women who just failed to signal

Black boys just asking for directions

People of Flint

People of Puerto Rico

People who can’t afford to buy a governor or a Supreme Court Justice

Women taking a yoga class on a Friday afternoon

Women going for a run

Women who were once girls

Girls who were once babies

Babies who were once fetuses, coincidentally the last time anyone cared that much about what happened to them

All of us who are already here


Kimberly Harrington is the author of AMATEUR HOUR: MOTHERHOOD IN ESSAYS AND SWEAR WORDS (Harper Perennial). She is a columnist and regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Cut. Follow her on Twitter.

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AMATEUR HOUR (2018) and BUT YOU SEEMED SO HAPPY (2021) | The New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Cut | kimberlyharrington.me

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