Dear Moms (repost)

You are an adult
And are therefore empowered rightfully
As you see fit, even aggressively, to explore your own sexuality

It is my job, and mine alone
To educate my daughter towards her own
Power and control, the right to say yes as equally as no

Perhaps you should feel some retreat
From someone else teaching children about sexuality
Not fear of the pop-star or TV, but of the quiet predator down the street

Our priorities are so fucked up
When we fear our own sex oh so much
That we scream louder at other women, than we do at this misogynist system

But how we all stay so shut up
About sex crimes committed, even against us
Where are we putting our power, in someone else’s thrust, No I will not hush

I will not be afraid of sex and talking honestly
Just because a pedophile once had control of me
I will love the skin I live in and explore it on my own terms, brave and free

My voice, my body, my sex, my right, my pleasure
If I can instill one thing in my daughter may it be to treasure
All of those things in herself equally, because she too was born an autonomous SHE

-a.r.

belle_dame_sans_merci La Belle Dame sans Merci by Frank Cadogan Cowper

~ by April on November 1, 2014.

4 Responses to “Dear Moms (repost)”

  1. I love this! We should teach our children anything about which they can learn. Knowledge, even of one’s self or the evil doings of would be predators, is power. Only under their own power can they have true strength.

    • I am increasingly disturbed about this rape culture, that should be a consent culture. I am sick and tired of women who explore their adult sexuality, as well as women who are victims of assault, both being labeled sluts. I wish we could just admit that this mysogynist culture cannot handle a strong woman and her strong sexuality at the same time, nor is this society ready to listen to our voices when we call foul. There seems to be a serious problem here. I think we are not as advanced as we pretend we are…when it comes to women and children’s rights. Including the right to have control and power over our own body. Ok….rant over. Thanks for reading, and for commenting.

  2. Thanks largely to the internet, publicity about these horrors has never been greater. Public awareness among today’s youth bodes well for future generations. It is of no use to those affected April, but I believe the world is turning a corner to positive universal action. Poetry like your chips away at the face of it.

    • I’d like to think things are changing…too slowly…but perhaps we will get there. I’d also like to think my voice helps in some tiny way. Who knows, but it is always nice to imagine and believe for a minute. Thank you deeply.

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