Word Choice features original works of fiction and poetry. Read “Mole” by Evelyn Hampton with art by Jordan Kasey.
I recently embarrassed myself among savvy friends by showing surprise at the fact that sperm determine the sex of embryos. I had thought they only made males. You knew that, my boyfriend said, looking at me sternly. No, I didn’t, I said later when we were alone outside the restaurant.
I am not surprised when everyone around me seems to take more interest in sex than I do. It seems that sex is something that people are naturally drawn to—they like to watch images of sex moving across screens, and they like to talk about and enact those images with other people.