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Long Live Feminism

May 9th, 2014

Stand up straight. Elbows in.
Wax that. Shave this.
Don’t be a prude; but don't be easy.
That's not lady-like.
No man will love you if you stand up for what you want,
But he won’t respect you if you don’t.

Enough is enough
Since when does my posture make me a better individual?
Enough is enough
When did my body hair become your concern? 
Enough is enough
How many people do I need to sleep with 
   until I’m labeled as promiscuous?
2? 13? Maybe 21? 
But, please, explain to me how if I choose to wait 
I'm seen as a prude instead of a saint?  
Double standards say boys who wait are gentlemen, 
“the best of their kind" even.
Please take your time and explain to me how I am any different.

Enough is enough
Lady-like? Really? Really? 
Does being “lady-like” mean having a man’s love
   define my self- worth?
Does shoving my voice down my throat
   make you consider me more of a lady?
Don’t wear that, you'll tempt the guys.
Boys will be boys,
You got an abortion? You’re a murderer.

Stop it because
My choice of wardrobe should not put my life in danger.
Stop it because
Their anatomical structure does not excuse them 
From robbing girls of their innocence.  
Stop it because 
Since when do politicians get to tell me what murder is
When they have more blood on their hands than
   money in their bank accounts?

We live in a world that bathes in hypocrisy,
A world in which the capabilities of a woman are
measured in her cup size
Instead of her IQ.
A world in which old men tell women 
What is expected of them. 
We live in a world that needs feminism. 
As long as the chauvinistic mentalities of men
Linger.

Long live feminism.  

Ashley is an 11th grader at Uniondale High School studying under Mrs. Diana McIntyre. "Long Live Feminism" was submitted this year to a poetry contest at the Uniondale Public Library.

 

We are privileged to meet a young poet with a demanding voice and a burning, fearless passion for justice. "Enough is enough." 

Come back for another day of poetry tomorrow. If you want to be part of 30 Days of Poetry, send your poems to 30daysofpoetry4@gmail.com until May 30th. I look forward to hearing from you!

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