News of the Islamic State’s egregious treatment of girls and women in Syria and Iraq has sent waves of horror across the globe. Stories from girls in captured communities, now living in sex servitude, have been leaked to reporters.
A relieved sigh. Then: “You shouldn’t call it a mugging if you weren’t hurt!”
How many times have you said “Of course… I’m a guy?” to a question without thinking about it? Or made a statement about how all guys are X or all women are Y? Right there, you’re falling into gendered stereotypes about men and women without realizing it.
Did Janay Rice ask to be knocked out cold in an elevator? Was that how she saw her night going? Did she ask to be dragged by her hair? Women, stop apologizing.
Womanhood is something to be proud of and these poems are a reminder of that truth:
Pretty much everyone has been told the same lie at one point in their life. If you work hard enough, you can do whatever you set your mind to.
1. You have a lot of opinions about a lot of things, and you just can’t keep them to yourself.
Don’t assume other people know what’s best for your body.
18. If you are intimidated by the artists who came before you, understand you too have a place, right next to them.
A homeless male war vet up on a felony charge of assault is both legally and socially at a huge disadvantage over someone like me. To simply point to his gender as if that confers an advantage is not only deeply inadequate, it’s worryingly reminiscent of fascism.