Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Embodiment of Fear

Fear is not an emotion
Not anymore
It's not something to shame me
Fear is being born a girl
It's being born melanated
Fear is Mike, Tamir, Trayvon, Aiyana, Renisha, Sean, Jordan and others
It is validating my existence with every breath
Fear is the kinks and curls of my every strand of hair
Fear is pulling down my skirt and pulling up my pants to be "respectable"
It's keeping my mouth ladylike and clean
Fear is rape culture
Normalizing harassment and catcalling
Fear is the seed of courage
And courage is living another day

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