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I want to share a thought prior to reading the piece. If, in fact, you end up using the article and others share your view that it brought home the experience of one's body being owned unlike any other piece, I think it is worth asking *why* a piece written by a man has that authority when the voluminous pieces by women have not. I raise this point as I have just started reading a piece by Eric Lott on John Howard Griffin's *Black Like Me.* For those unfamiliar with the 1961 book, Griffin "passed" as black to see what the experience of black Americans was like in the segregated South (and explain it to whites). As Lott points out, Griffin writes "as though plenty of black-authored books had not investigated that predicament already. But beyond that, Griffin's project is totally rooted in a white man's position as a white man and has little, if anything, to do with African-American life and community. I realize that you are *not* claiming that your subject thought he was a woman or that he (or you) now can speak as one, but I would suggest considering where your reaction has as much to do with men/ masculinity as anything about women. I am not saying that the response you present us with is "wrong" or "incorrect" rather that it needs to be analyzed. What is assumed or conveyed that differed from any given piece by any woman on the horrors of "her" body being owned by another. It could be a valuable part of teaching the piece if you end up using it. I have, incidentally, vastly simplifed Lott's article. The piece, "White Like Me: Racial Cross-Dressing and the Construction of American Whiteness" can be found in A. Kaplan and D. Pease (ed.) *Cultures of United States Imperialism* (Duke 1993). Nancy Marie Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org