Che cosa significa essere una donna?What does it mean to be a woman?
This question stands out today
like a light flashing in front of my eyes.
After reading Sanctuary
I feel raw and robbed.
Faulkner's young skinny debutante
is defined by the men around her
as a pussy-resource.
Sitting in my women's studies class
we passed around glossy pages
of all the warped images
that have become so passe and unquestioned:
girls with stomach-acid scarched knuckles
glittery blue eyelids
open legs to invite our gaze to their crotches
shiny moist skin
and scared looks of submission.
These definitions of womanhood bring me grief.
I am tired of abiding by the limiting parameters
established by this society throughout time.
Why does she squirm when she has to look down at her own body?
(journal entry: March 2, 1998)