Crow’s Feet
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Crow’s Feet

He Said I Needed to “Blunt” My Emotions

A case study of ageism and sexism in the doctor’s office

A woman with short curly black hair sitting on the floor against an unmade bed. Her right hand is pressed to her forehead. She’s wearing black large-frame glasses, and she’s trying to not cry.


I’ve been tolerating chronic neck pain for about a year now; sometimes suffering, but mostly tolerating it because my pain threshold is relatively high. I’ve done all the things: chiropractor, physical therapy, x-ray, primary physician, MRI, orthopedic surgeon…



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Marie A Bailey

Life-long writer. Three-cat mama. Introvert who loves solitude. Fledgling nature photographer. You can also find me at