Being a woman should be a blessing,
just as any life is.
But as a woman I am to be barred by fear of the "male gaze".
I am "protected" by being told to cover my skin.
I am locked out of my own expression.
What congressman has the right to say "nay, a woman's body is to be censored,"?
A woman's body is not perverse.
It is to be celebrated no matter the size, shape or color.
I will stop fighting when the wishy-washy rules are shut out.
Do not tell me to be ashamed of my body.
Maybe I don't want to shave my legs,
maybe I don't want to wear "women's" clothes.
Maybe I am a damn woman.
If I want to show my body I can.
Who are you to tell me I cannot?
I am enlightened.
I am equal.
I am a damn woman.