Today marks two years since my breakup. This date will probably always be accessible to my brain. I'm someone who is good with remembering dates, whether they are bad or good, so I don't see myself forgetting this particular date anytime soon.
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TW: sexual assault, physical abuse
I'm terrified of dating.
It used to be kind of fun. During grad school, I pretty much had dinner paid for each night of the week (men are always wanting to invoke the very gendered and ancient "rules" surrounding dinner dates).
Dating has got me tired. Worse, it has hardened me. It has made me jaded and cynical and untrustworthy.
It has, quite literally, assaulted me.