I Am More Than My Face || Bright Magazine

I have never known a life free of harassment. I cannot run errands or meet friends without at least one stranger staring at me or commenting on my appearance. I cannot escape the perception that I am subhuman — that the abuse and harassment I receive is deserved.

Living with a face that differs from the norm has not only taught me about the impact of appearance on quality of life, but has also made me curious about moral outrage. Who deserves our moral indignation when we see a person being harassed, abused, or in some cases even killed? What moral or ethical blind spots allow us to take to social media to express our outrage at injustice against one group, while choosing to remain silent about another?

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