Monday, September 29, 2014

Your Mouth and Your Ears

I will not be what you want me to be simply because you want me to be it. I will not do what you want me to do simply because you want me to do it. I will not say what you want me to say simply because you want me to say it.

I have opinions and feelings and a brain and a soul and a demand for respect, same as you. I am not just a beautiful thing to be had or admired; a toy to be played with and tossed aside. I am a full person; a human, same as you. A person who deserves their ideas and needs to hold the same truth. A human whose voice and wants and woes matter just as much as yours.

You must balance the use of your mouth and your ears.

I am not a pet; a dog on a leash. I will not follow or beg or require your care. I am self-sufficient and independently wise, same as you. I will not sit down quiet or shrink into the shadows of your command. I will stand up beside you; to be treated, respected, and valued, same as you. Else I shall stand alone, hold my head high, and look beyond you to better things. For I know who I am, what I want, and all that I deserve.

(this is more than just feminism.)