Why I Stopped Making Eye Contact With People

And, what compelled me to start again

Photo by 🐣 Luca Iaconelli 🦊 on Unsplash

When I was coming of age as a young woman, I felt the power of my gaze. I could dole out a look that meant “go to hell!” or one that invited “kiss me” without thinking twice. In middle school, I traded glasses for contact lenses and began to explore intimate connections with strangers through the power of my dark brown eyes…

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