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Abject Permanence

On sex, metamorphosis, and inconvenient desires

Larissa Pham
Apr 24, 2018 · 8 min read

YYesterday I learned that the butterfly obliterates itself before being born again. There is one thing: the caterpillar. And there is another: the chrysalis. And then there is a third, which is the butterfly—a monarch or something else with symmetrical wings. But who knows what happens in the chrysalis? For a while, there is only a glittering fluid. Then…