I really hate the word “exotic” when referring to different cultures or people of color. I especially hate it when people think it’s a goddamned compliment when saying I have an exotic look or lifestyle. Fuck you for thinking my eyes or skin are so different and therefore fetish worthy. And fuck you for thinking my holidays and food are bizarre treasures from the far east. Just, I can’t. Why are women of color unworthy of any scrap of dignity or respect in this country?