Someone had to be the good girl, and that someone became me.

Someone was raised to be polite, and so they made me be.

Culture creates obedient girls, and so they made one more.

Culture only tell of the dutiful and submissive, so they repeated and practiced this trait some more.

Someone was the other girl

                              -How is she?

Someone was allowed to speak her mind

                            -Is she happy?

Culture condemns the strong-willed girl

                           - What for?

Culture does not acknowledge the lively and the determined

                           -Why not?

These qualities keep me only and simply as a girl; unable to grow into a young lady; unprepared to handle things as a young woman. It makes me and keeps me simply as just a girl.



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