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Why would I give birth to her to turn her into my own pitiful image?
‘No, I never want a daughter’
‘Oh are you one of those sexist type?’
‘Me? No! I am one of those feminist type.
Why give birth to a child if it’s to make her believe that she is
Just a puppet that should dance to your patriarchal musings?
To get her raped?
To silence he cries and make her deaf and dumb?
Like you made me blind?
I was born with dreams that could fly high
And happiness that filled my heart
I was born with a voice that was as loud as thunders
And smile like those lightnings
I was born invincible
Yet I became invisible
Like the wind that might caress her tired face;
On a day her boss yelled at her. Why you ask? Because
she is “just” a girl
Or on the day her father tells her to stay quiet and be a girl
Or the day she might be touched for the mere pleasure of that
middle aged man in the bus
Or the day she would know that she is “just a girl”
And she is made to “behave” like one.
What would I tell her when she storms into my room and
ask me, ” Why did you give birth to a cursed soul?”
She would brood over her unattainable freedom
And fall into the pit of melancholy
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
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