16 Jan '17, 8pm

Farewell, Ringling Brothers: I Was Once a (Very Sad) Circus Animal

Farewell, Ringling Brothers: I Was Once a (Very Sad) Circus Animal

I’d never identified as being claustrophobic, but once I crawled into the cage, I was suddenly overwhelmed with fear. I could not stand up. My knees hurt as the hard sidewalk concrete dug into my naked skin. And as a crowd of people and media gathered (the goal of having mostly naked women at the protest, of course) I began to feel even more discomfort. There was nowhere for me to hide, no way for me to avoid the constant gawking and talking—even when some of it was supportive. People stepped in close, staring at me, and I assume the fact that I was essentially naked, added both to their curiosity and my utter sense of vulnerability. Some treated me like an animal, talking about me as if I wasn’t there, poking at me. My body filled with adrenaline and so much sadness.

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