The Karen won’t let me speak. She’d rather lead with her incompetence than achieve anything fair. It’s not her fault. She has her insecurities. However, it is her fault for lashing them out. The world rewards you for lashing out. But, you must stop lashing out. It’s the easy route that will bring others harm. Stop bringing me down so you feel better about yourself.

My power comes from my mere existence. I am not supposed to be any white spaces, let alone assert myself in them. My whole being is seen as statement or a force for change. A force met with great resistance.

The worst part is Karen thinking she does not act this way. And me pointing it out makes me the bad guy. How dare I callout the systemic, harmful behavior? How I not be a mind reader of the Karen’s intentions?

I must put the Karen’s comfort over my own individuality. I must navigate my existence to make her feel better, regardless of the consequences it has on me. Goddess forbid my intentions, desires, and wants be considered. I am tired of adapting and controlling my reactions. It’s exhausting.

I am asking for the world to see me as me. Please don’t label me a threat or symbol of change. Stop placing me in molds to limit my individuality. All I want is to live my life, do my job, and fulfill my passions without any discrimination. Same as you, Karen. But, when I ask…it’s seen as too much.

So, Karen, stop interrupting me. Don’t distrust me. Stop letting your insecurities label me as a threat. Work on yourself like I constantly do. In the end, this will benefit you.

Published by Nikita Srivastava

a passionate feminist and social justice warrior who occasionally calls herself a goddess. She received her JD in 2019 and became licensed to practice law in 2020.

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