my mother and her mother before her
and her mother before her
teaching girls not to speak,
telling them their body is not theirs
but the boy’s who gets there first
we look into the eyes of our daughters
and wonder how they learned to be so meek
then with the same breath we say
that boys will be boys and
that’s just the way it is
is not passed down
so where will you stand?
where are you standing?
Keren Chelsea is 19 years old and from Laguna, Philippines. You can find more of her writing on her tumblr.
Illustration by Van Hong (website).