Calista Fung


Semi-Equal Woman


When i see (you) walk down the street
with privilege and clean water and semi-equal pay
and colour in the creases of (your) lips
and smudges on the rims of (your) eyelids
and uniform of femininity expected
from a professional girl
They will say to (you)
'sweetheart, fetch Me a coffee.'
and (you) will do it
and (you) will smile, two pearly-front teeth
years of torture at the orthodontist
for this one, presentable moment
just to be normal and forgettable

when March 8 grinds around
and (you) wave banners and (you) celebrate
and They give (you) a funny look
because They do not care to know what it means
when (you) explain, They get that face
They nod at each other
like They absolutely understand this nonsense
like (you) have sunk into female dramatics so common for (your) sex
and They present one-sided logic
to detach (you) from your brain
'This isn't Afghanistan, honey.'

when the daylight breaks down
and all around the city unravels
with youth and alcohol and sweat
and suddenly that millimeter of cleavage
that looked so much less in daytime
becomes a calling card for harassment
(your) very anatomy betrays (your) fear
that there are Those waiting
with shark-like timing
and that one millimeter
will account for the difference between
(victim) or Slut

Submitted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Edited: Saturday, August 31, 2013
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  • Jymiely Tamayo (10/1/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    very good! second piece I voted Excellent! unique and eloquent portrayals of new age women abuse :) (Report) Reply

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