-should not smile and laugh in public;
-should not expose your legs and shoulders because it will lure men to attack you;
-should not go outside at night;
-should not go into a place of worship or receive a blessing because you are bleeding for human life to be born;
-should not socialise with males;
-should not have sex before marriage;
-should not work because you’re a housewife and mother first; and
-should not speak up and have a voice, even in your own home.
Instead, as a good girl, you should:
-lower your eyes to the ground when you speak to a man;
-have lighter skin as what man will want your darker flesh;
-study hard but not be too intelligent as what man will not want to marry someone who is brighter than he;
And, lastly, that you should just be less because you weren’t born a man.
Shame is a powerful thing, don’t let someone else silence you or change you just because they have a problem with your fire, brains and beauty. You are all magnificent 🙂
This is the poem by Pavana and art featured on the berlin-artparasites art website:
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lower your gaze.
Didn’t anyone tell
you that modesty lies
within the eye of
put the stories away.
What man would want
to marry a girl with a
head so heavy with clouds?
Have you ever heard
a flower bloom?
Laughter is for
Haven’t we given
you’ve ever needed?
stay out of the sun.
Keep your mouth shut.
Head down. Fire smoldered.
we pray you have a son.
Brown girl is witchcraft.
Brown girl is wicked.
Brown girl holds the
power to heal.
you are smoke from
an incense stick.
You were always
meant to disappear. —Pavana
artwork by Dadu Shin from Brooklyn,. Source: http://bit.ly/1KrZjbL