Dear men, I am art on the wall.
Admire me from afar. Enjoy my presence. Show me respect. Stand behind the ropes and keep your goddamn hands to yourself.
Dear men, I already know that I am beautiful. Already know that you want to take me home. Hang me on your wall. Show me to your friends. Talk about me like you understand me.
Dear men, just because you want me doesn’t mean you can have me.
Dear men, I don’t speak back to you because I don’t owe you a word.
And dear men, I am not a bitch. I am busy maintaining my own magnificence. Busy feeding my own art. Busy enjoying the picture of my own life.
Communication is a two way street and this road is closed unless otherwise noted.
Dear men, this is my body, my time.
Dear men, don't assume you know what it is I want or what it is I need.
Dear men, I feed my own mouth, hold my own hands, fill my own pockets, speak my own truth.
Dear men, the things between your legs don’t justify the way you speak to me.
Dear men, the things between my legs don’t justify the way you treat me.
Dear men, the things between our legs don’t justify the way you expect me to reciprocate any semblance of recognition for you.
Dear men, I am a woman and you may be confused by the strength in my voice. May find this presumptuous. May find this bold. May find this out of line.
But dear men, someone should have told you, you are not entitled to a goddamn thing, and you especially are not entitled to me.
Stand against rapes and molestation. 🙅
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