When you tell a girl to change


When you tell a girl to change
When you tell a girl to change her clothes,
It means her mask is crooked.
It means she is exposed,
Vulnerable to the monsters that lurk in the darkness.
When you tell a girl her skirt is too short,
Her body is her cross to bear.
The risks that accompany her existence,
Are entirely her own.
Is it too bright beneath her clothes?
Is her strength too sharp not to reach out and touch?
When you tell a girl to smile,
You tell her to get back to work.
You remind her that it is her place in this world,
To be warm,
To be inviting,
To be small.
When you tell a girl to change,
You take a piece of her.
You take the very light that is too bright for your eyes.
You make the mask just a little bit harder to take off.
You make her place in the world a little smaller.

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