Artwork by Sam Spratt – “Quvenzhané Wallis Study”
They made me feel guilty for being a girl
I was told to cover my body.
For it can seduce the boys.
Wear long skirts, else am a slut
They taught me shame
I felt guilty of what I never understood
I silenced myself…my opinion was not needed in my life
Be something you’re not so you’ll be respected in the society
Don’t do that in public, you can do it inside
I never understood why my mother cared so much about the society and their standards
I got to understand that it was a general thing
For my friends had similar problems
We could never express ourself
We should have no desires
We silenced ourself
Don’t show any skin..it will seduce a man to sin.
If you’re raped..it’s your fault.
But I wanted to be free like the boys
If I were a boy…I’ll say
I’ll have a say in my life
I’ll have desires,dreams and wants
For my dreams must not be bigger than a man’s
I have to be a certain way for a man to respect me
Without a man’s respect ..I am nothing
This my body.. I fear for,
No one should notice me
I was taught that my body itself is a sin and I must tame it.