By Carolyn Emmerson
Often times in today’s society,
we are asked, “Why still be a feminist?”
It’s assumed that because we can vote,
we are men’s equal.
As if the wage gap
still didn’t bear down on us.
As if young women weren’t
shamed for how their body looks
As if victims weren’t blamed
for their own assault.
As if there still weren’t other countries
where women weren’t as lucky.
As if there weren’t all
of these issues and conflicts
that plague the existence
of every person in this world.
Every day, women go through
the shame and distress
that is harassment.
And nobody seems to do anything.
My femininity does not
allow you to touch me without consent
How I dress is not
an excuse for your actions.
Because if a woman wears a suit,
nobody bats an eye;
but the second a man wears a dress
everyone loses their minds.
Because according to society,
being feminine is a crime.
Yet being masculine, no matter the gender,
is thought of as an improvement.
These issues will not be solved
with a mere silent protest, no.
To be heard, we must fight,
we must fight back against what oppresses.
We will scream and shout at our foes
until our voices became hoarse enough
to be mistaken for a man
and they begin to listen to us.