The Helix and the Xiphoid

Witchcraft From Scratch

The xiphoid process is a small bit of cartilage that pokes out the end of your sternum. It gets harder as you get older.

Your sternum—not mine; I do not have one. Nor do two of my three children.

Missing a xiphoid process is a congenital oddity characterized by a visible “dent” in the chest. But it’s perfectly harmless—one will not die if tackled, wrestled, or punched; there is no threat of a death-fall from a low sofa. But it is kinda funny looking.

The word xiphoid means “sword-shaped” and it reminds me of the conversation I had over at The Bad Witch Files concerning the adoration of one’s “phalle.” Just like I have no xiphoid process, I also have no phalle:

One of the problems I have with the language we use to discuss female genitalia is that it truly serves to undermine our power as women…

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female knitter bookworm 31 years old bisexual spiritual atheist 420 friendly traveler occasional poet anything else you want to know, take the time to get to know me and ask. concern trolls need not apply.
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