When you see me,
“Hey, what are you doing here? Didn’t expect to see you? You are also that important?!”
“Wow, you have really grown thin. Are you not getting food?”
“You look so beautiful today. I didn’t know you can dress well!”
“What are you wearing? Shouldn’t you be covering your head and legs?”
“Uuuum, aren’t those nails too long? That’s not ‘wife-material’ like
“When are you getting married? Your age mates have kids already!”
“That make up is too much for you.”
“You don’t need long hair. I like a shaved head because it’s natural”
In your mind, you only see me from the outside.
You don’t expect me to bring more to the table than my physical characteristics
When you hear me,
“Wow, you are so eloquent. So you went to school huh!”
“Your opinions are too strong. You should tone them down.”
“You are an activist. You are too difficult to handle”
“You are a politician.”
“You will not get a husband if you continue talking like that.”
“Why do you have so much bitterness?”
In your mind, you do not expect that a girl like me
Can stand up for herself, cannot accept to be a slave to your ideologies
That a girl like me can call you out for oppressing her generation
That a girl like me knows what she is worth and will fight for what is fair for her.
What have I learnt?
Maybe these systems were created to diminish me
But they do not kill my spirit
If it doesn’t work for me
I will create what works for me
You can call me all the names you want
But you cannot silence me!
You can try put me in all kind of boxes
Come up with all kind of labels
But you can never label nor box me
Because I am an empowered woman
And an empowered woman is limitless!