Mixed Media by Anonymous

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories are presented in an attempt to bring about a deeper understanding of the plight of girls and women as we make our way in world that, for us, is hostile at its best and violent at its worst.

Mixed Media

by Anonymous

 

Tell her about girl power

The way the world should love her no matter what she looks

like

Tell her that her hair, her skin, her belly, her knees

Are all beautiful because they are hers to use as she

needs

That her clothing shouldn’t determine the world’s view of her shimering spirit

Pull the strands of words from the screen, the magazine

And tie them into something you want her to

know

If only twisting words could honor the truth

And you could make tenderness live in her all the time

There is a surfeit of images she will glimpse, messages whispered in her pink ears

That she is too fat, too red, too flat-footed or brown-haired

Tiger Mom those words into shattered, splintered pieces or bury them in ankle-deep mud

And, in the same breath that you insist she is perfect

Betray her by wishing aloud that, in this mad, dangerous world, she wouldn’t wear such a short skirt

 

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