childhood, species dysphoria
We were stuffed animals and robots and rabbits and cats and then eventually they gave us Zoobooks and instead of 'learning' the lesson that there were many species and we were a certain one, we figured out that there was no way we knew what we were. No one wanted to help us figure out who we were or how to fix what felt wrong. We'd been pushed into the human category and they wouldn't let us leave. It's no wonder we have difficulty learning to communicate with humans.