“Do you know what it feels like for a girl?
Do you know what it feels like in this world
For a girl?”
‘I’d love to wear this – but too revealing.
Better pick this covered option. I don’t want the stares. People would talk.’
“Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots”
‘I can hear someone approaching behind me… wait, do I turn just yet?
It’s ok, they’ve passed me. Another worker. Breathe.’
“’Cause it’s OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading”
‘Do I take this alleyway? Too dark.
Next one, just in case.’
Lips as sweet as candy, baby
Tight blue jeans
Skin that shows in patches”
‘Don’t meet his eyes, don’t meet his eyes, don’t meet his eyes
I wouldn’t want to give him the wrong impression
(That’s what women are taught)’
“Strong inside but you don’t know it
Good little girls they never show it”
‘Oh crap, two guys are approaching. Scan the area: do they seem legit?
Walking with purpose: check
They’ve passed me now… phew. Walk faster.’
“When you open up your mouth to speak
Could you be a little weak”
‘Just because I’m a girl he thinks he can get away with his insurance claim?
Because girls are incompetent drivers I guess. (I’ll show him).‘
“Hair that twirls on finger tips so gently, baby
Hands that rest on jutting hips repenting”
‘I hope they take heed of my points in the meeting…
If they don’t, these loose buttons will grab their attention. Better than nothing.’
“Hurt that’s not supposed to show
And tears that fall when no one knows
When you’re trying hard to be your best
Could you be a little less”
‘I wish they didn’t look at me like that. Don’t objectify me.
I’m a wife, a mother, and a daughter. What if someone stared at your sister the way you stared at me?
How kindly would you take to a wolf whistle then?’
“Do you know what it feels like for a girl
What it feels like in this world…
Do you know
Do you know”