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What made the experience of listening to Born Both the most enjoyable?
That she was able to tell the story of how society really views her community with such grace. She's correct in that more people will listen and actually hear what you're saying if you don't come at anyone with your defenses up.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Born Both?
The part of Hita just wanting someone to love her during her rough times in school, and with her parents' fighting, and wanting to drink the poison. It was so raw and so brutal. I could hear the pain in that, and while I'm glad she was able to share, I hope it was therapeutic at least, to be able to tell it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. It was very hard to shut it off. Each time, I had to stop and process before I went on to the next part of my day.
Any additional comments?
The way Hita's mother called her by her given name. It just melted me. She had been through some really rough patches, yet she had that soft mommy-speak in the way she called her by that musical name. Choked me up at every mention.
I'd like to comment on one of the videos I watched as I checked them all out as they were mentioned. The arrogant doctor on 20/20 who made the statements about society not being accepting about intersex, etc..I feel like 'society' is all him. It was more about his own non acceptance. Why does anyone need a label? Can't people just be who they are? Human beings? Hita? Me? Do we really need a disorder or a label in order to be acknowledged as human beings? Do we need any of that in order to be a productive member of society?
Hita's graceful manner of teaching about awareness acknowledges and touches and includes so many who just want to be heard and loved. And that's what she does-she loves unconditionally. She deserves the very same.
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