feeling insulted (by a peer)
feeling unfairly criticized (by a professional critic)
feeling diminished (by commenters)
feeling (merely) exposed
a recurring sense that if
allowed her to speak
have been (destroyed) forever.
Source text: Heather Havrilesky, “When the Powerful Cry ‘Bully'”, New York Times April 26, 2016
PJ Wren is scientist and writer from Kensington, Maryland. Her work has appeared in The Lake, Apocrypha and Abstractions, and elsewhere.