“Big Girl” by Meg Elison
Card picked: 5♦
Found at: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November-December 2017
The girl woke up with a sore neck and three seagulls perched on her eyelashes.
Meg Elison tells this tale mostly from the point of view of the social media accounts and news outlets covering the appearance of a naked 350ft girl in San Francisco Bay. It is discovered that she is 15 year-old Bianca Martinez, but she’s known as #baybe. This story made me queasy, which I’m sure is Elison’s intent. So easily, the world sees Bianca as a object rather than a person—because of her size, because she’s become a celebrity. It makes me want to never read celebrity news/gossip ever again.