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Put Your Mask On and Shut the F*ck Up

Only in America could something this basic be this controversial

Commuters arrive at Grand Central Station during morning rush hour on June 8. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Moments after entering the world, my daughter was put on a ventilator. I had developed a deadly illness during pregnancy — the only treatment for which was to deliver Layla three months early, way before her lungs had a chance to properly develop. And so my…




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Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti

Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.

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