- School has never been the center of my universe. That job is for libraries & the Internet
- My parents aren't controlling or protective. If I wanted to do something, I did it.
- I don't really care if other people are like me. The default for social groups to me is heterogenous.
- Gender's weird.
- No, really, gender is _super_ weird the way WASPs perform it. How does anyone live this way?
- Shame isn't really a thing I do.
- I've got really strong principles I tend to hold to.
So I'm writing a story about a bunch of teens who discover the world around them is weirder than they thought. But none of the tropes quite make sense to me. Why _do_ teens treat teachers as adult authorities to evade? Why is sex fraught the way it is? Why do people segregate by gender? What motivates the weird shame-ridden behaviors people have as they figure themselves out? I've kinda been there? But not really.
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