A dainty stem
she stands positioned between mature shrubs,
conditioned to talk delicately, attract attention, project freshness and dewiness.
She is aiming to be the season’s diamond.
COLOR. CARAT. CUT
A dainty stem in a TAWWN (TON) with balls
Balls of silks and satins dyed with hegemonic female desires
Hoping to dominate the ones with a lesser title.
Balls of false bravado reinforced with centuries-old notions of male dominion
Predisposed to creating a rulebook for women
ELITIST. PRUDISH. PERSNICKETY.
We have come a long way.
A strong stalk
She stands on her own.
Conditioned to own her space, to lead, and project confidence and conviction,
She is aiming to be the shiniest version of herself.
COMPORTMENT. CANDOR. CHARACTER.
A seat of power
With some irrational balls
Balls that breach a woman’s right to her own body.
Balls of regressive mentality
Undermining the progressive steps taken over the years.
OPPRESSIVE. SHAMEFUL. ALARMING.
Have we come a long way?