9 episodes

‘Crack This ShXt Open’ is a story about coming into who you are while accepting the things you can not change. Shay is a shy introvert who has spent years masking herself to adhere to gender norms. She’s often wished for non-binary-presenting body traits, to not be male or female. On a reflective, emotional journey through her past, Shay seeks answers to tough questions. How to avoid becoming beholden to one box and instead remain fluid while existing in between? Shay investigates experiences long ago stuffed inside the proverbial box. In running from her truth, she loses her anchor and struggles to define who she is. What she is. Her truth is muddled in the cacophony of loud expectations, bullying taunts, societal demands, and traditionalist dogma. To survive, she masters the juggling act of wearing the masks known to the Trinity—her parents, church, and community. Her act to uphold others’ expectations slowly disintegrates. The gig is up. Shay faces a very lonely choice—to stay or walk away. But first, she must become reacquainted with a long-hidden characteristic of herself: Sebastian.

Crack This ShXt Open‪!‬ Shayla D. Potter

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‘Crack This ShXt Open’ is a story about coming into who you are while accepting the things you can not change. Shay is a shy introvert who has spent years masking herself to adhere to gender norms. She’s often wished for non-binary-presenting body traits, to not be male or female. On a reflective, emotional journey through her past, Shay seeks answers to tough questions. How to avoid becoming beholden to one box and instead remain fluid while existing in between? Shay investigates experiences long ago stuffed inside the proverbial box. In running from her truth, she loses her anchor and struggles to define who she is. What she is. Her truth is muddled in the cacophony of loud expectations, bullying taunts, societal demands, and traditionalist dogma. To survive, she masters the juggling act of wearing the masks known to the Trinity—her parents, church, and community. Her act to uphold others’ expectations slowly disintegrates. The gig is up. Shay faces a very lonely choice—to stay or walk away. But first, she must become reacquainted with a long-hidden characteristic of herself: Sebastian.

    EIGHT | Sebastian Walks (Finale)

    EIGHT | Sebastian Walks (Finale)

    THIS IS THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE SERIAL PODCAST.In the final episode of ‘Crack this ShXt Open!’ Shay speaks as Sebastian, her male-presenting side. She sets the stage as her childhood church where Sebastian is given the floor and is speaking from the...

    • 18 min
    SEVEN | Her, Performance

    SEVEN | Her, Performance

    PLEASE START WITH EPISODE ONE FIRST. THIS IS A SERIAL PODCAST.Shay talks about the public persona she developed to hide her identity and meet the expectations of others — ‘Her.’ She explains her journey through a story about her sorority’s signature...

    • 25 min
    SIX | Rhythm & Blues Part 3 (Mom)

    SIX | Rhythm & Blues Part 3 (Mom)

    PLEASE START WITH EPISODE ONE FIRST. THIS IS A SERIAL PODCAST.Shay is interviewed by her mother about coming to terms with ‘the middle’ and what that means for her daily life. It is the third and final chapter of ‘Rhythm & Blues,’ a series with...

    • 22 min
    FIVE | Rhythm & Blues Part 2 (Dad)

    FIVE | Rhythm & Blues Part 2 (Dad)

    PLEASE START WITH EPISODE ONE FIRST. THIS IS THE FIFTH EPISODE OF THE SERIES AND A CONTINUATION OF THE PREVIOUS EPISODE.Shay interviews her father and recounts the time he came to stay with her in Augusta. It is a continuation of the conversation that...

    • 19 min
    FOUR | Rhythm & Blues Part 1 (Dad)

    FOUR | Rhythm & Blues Part 1 (Dad)

    PLEASE START WITH EPISODE ONE FIRST. THIS IS THE FOURTH EPISODE OF THE SERIES. Shay interviews her father about his childhood and asks difficult questions about his lack of involvement during her early years.For most of her life, Shay wondered if the...

    • 27 min
    THREE | Accepting Me, For Me

    THREE | Accepting Me, For Me

    PLEASE START WITH EPISODE ONE FIRST. THIS IS THE THIRD EPISODE OF THE SERIES.Shay talks about the struggles she’s faced with image as a gender-fluid individual. It is a continuation of the conversation with her friend, Jeremiah, that began in the first...

    • 21 min

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