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Okay, I see that. Now, you are under no obligation to tutor me, so don’t answer if you think this is a stupid question. What could be changed about the writing to keep the crux of the message but acknowledge the bloody mess and stretching isn’t everybody’s experience? How could the message that was so meaningful to some be altered, keeping that deep connection but protecting our trans-femme sisters from feeling a violent verbal assault or erasure. Would it have been acceptable to just include a statement that acknowledges trans-women who don’t bleed and trans-men who do or would it have necessitated much more editing than that? Being aware of painful language is one thing. Knowing what to change and how is a bigger step.

Thank you for your tolerance of my ignorance.