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“We deserve to be seen for who we are” – Why Inclusive Design Is So Important

Zoë (left) and their wife Marie-Ève and their dogs Kimchi (in Marie’s arms) and Mister Pickles, at their shop.
Zoë (left) and their wife Marie-Ève and their dogs Kimchi (in Marie’s arms) and Mister Pickles, at their shop.

By Zoe Desborough for Digits & Threads, Sept. 1, 2021.

Marginalized groups’ bodies are bodies that exist in a world where they are not their own.

A world where everything is ought to be black or white, male or female, right or wrong.

My body is my body. I don’t believe in labeling it for someone else’s comfort.

My body is my home, the place where I should feel safe.

Making myself feel safe in my body is something that I work on every day, navigating social expectations and perceptions all while trying to feel like I own myself.

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Digits & Threads is an independent, member-supported online magazine about Canadian fibre and textile arts, crafts and industry.

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