Feminism

by Eve Mainster, age 12
Feminism

“It is funny to me
That the word is always ‘he.’
‘Your dog is so cute! What’s his name?’
‘Who left his books here?’
It’s funny to me, after all this time
All the women’s rights and Susan B.
Have done nothing!”

It is funny to me

That the word is always “he.”

“Your dog is so cute! What’s his name?”

“Who left his books here?”

It’s funny to me, after all this time

All the women’s rights and Susan B.

Have done nothing!

Studies show that normal-sized women are

Paid less than overweight men

And the same t-shirt costs more money for women

Than for men

Even though the men’s shirt uses more fabric

And the store selling these shirts

Banned gender pricing.

And men can get a date

Mustache or lamb chops

Muscular or shrimpy

Tall or short

A woman with healthy dimensions

Even without leg hair

Is “chubby?”

Ken is actually kind of large

But nobody ever considered that

The fact that Barbie does not seem abnormally skinny at first glance

Is grosser than vomit

And speaking of vomit

Why is it that all guys think

“She’s on her period, she’s moody”

Or “She’s pregnant, she’ll need to pee and eat all the time”

We’re the ones that carry the babies!

That is no choice.

Tampons are taxed in Australia

I think that says it all.

And how come girl’s clothes are always considered “trashy”

While guys can be wearing no shirt

And their underwear can be seen through their pants

And all you think is, “Poor him?”

Guys can roll out of bed

Get dressed

Leave for work

And a woman is only putting on makeup

So she looks “OK”

And then gets yelled at for “taking too long?”

Why is it always us who are the “ditzes with the credit cards?”

Men impulse-buy too

Almost more

And this topic is awkward but

Why should it be?

Has a man ever been raped?

Or been a prostitute?

And then abortions are not allowed.

It is like we are robots,

We can be controlled and suppressed

And changed

There is a reason why girls live longer than men

And can become a Bat Mitzvah 365 days before men

Every girl has that reason inside.

Find it.

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