Listen to what I have to say
Don’t just dismiss it offhand because you think I’m too ‘emotional’
Don’t laugh at me behind my back when I have to carry something heavy just because you think I’m weaker than you are
I do more crunches than the guy next to me
Don’t insult me and tell me not to wear what I’m wearing because you think it’s inappropriate
And then tell me the rude cat calls I got in the street were something I asked for
And why should I have to be afraid to walk home in the dark?
Because you can’t control yourself?
Well then that’s your fault
And is it my fault that you won’t listen when I say no?
You just block it out and say I’m offending you by not giving you what you want
So stop defining me by your standards
Stop labeling me with names you created
I’m not someone you can control and create to be what suits you best
Don’t treat me differently because I don’t look like you
I’m not an obedient barbie doll
Just let me say what I want
And do what I want
And be who I want
Don’t give me reasons to be afraid of the world at night
I deserve to not have to look down at the ground like a scared mouse
Because after all
Who would want to miss a sky full of stars