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An annoying little girl turns three and her mother makes her wear dresses and bows in her hair and when she asks to be a superhero instead of a princess for halloween her mother tells her to be a proper girl. She doesn’t understand because she IS a girl but somehow her family thinks she’s doing it wrong.
An annoying little girl is six and a boy in her class says nobody will like her because she’s ugly and she spends the rest of the day trying to make herself look pretty for boys. She will comb through the knots in her hair even though it hurts and she doesn’t think it’s worth it but she desperately wants to be anything but ugly.
An annoying little girl is nine and wants to be something big like a doctor or a scientist and even her friends look at her strange because she is too busy with books and superheroes to play dress up and dolls. When her brother calls her a freak, she hides away everything that makes her who she is. She swallows her happiness with tea and biscuits because she just wants her family to be proud of her, even if it isn’t really her.
An annoying little girl turns eleven and suddenly her mother is teaching her how to cook. It becomes obvious she can’t boil water to save her life but mommy is determined to make sure her baby girl is a good wife. The girl will never understand what her mother means by “wife duties” and she has given up on learning to cook gourmet meals because trying and failing just brings tears to her mother’s eyes.
An annoying little girl is thirteen and her two older brothers won’t stop picking on her. She doesn’t know what they want because when she cries, she is too sensitive but when she doesn’t she’s no fun. When they tell her to stop being such a girl, she feels the comment tearing at her heart because for some reason it feels like an insult.
An annoying little girl is fifteen and she has finally decided she wants to pursue science but her daddy tells her doctors and scientists are male jobs and that she can be a nurse because that’s for girls. He tells her it’s a man’s world out there and she is torn between accepting the defeat that things will never be easy for her and screaming at anyone who will listen that she is just as good as a boy.
An annoying little girl is sixteen and she is tired of hearing her brothers telling her to cook and clean. Of her mother telling her to be a lady. Of her father reminding her that from the moment she was born, she was at a disadvantage just for missing that Y-chromosome. Of her friends so readily accepting that fact that they will cook and clean and be a lady and never be more than somebody’s wife. She is tired of her gender being an insult. She is tired of being expected to be a damsel in distress for some boy to come and save because she is not weak, goddammit, she can save herself and she doesn’t need help. She is tired of everything everyone expects her to be when all she wants to be is herself. She is tired and sometimes she thinks she is tired of being a girl but lately she’s been thinking she’s really just tired of being treated like it’s a bad thing.
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"My brother made a sexist joke about me and my mother smiled." // k.c.w.

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