What makes english so complicated isn’t
I before e except after c but rather learning that
When you add an x chromosome
confidence is spelled conceited
Leader becomes bossy
And athletic is butch-
It’s learning how
Proper is to prude as
Liberated is to slutty.
That’s what they teach you in school but
My mother taught me
Female starts with Fe because we’re forged in iron,
Strong enough to bear children while holding down a job
Strong enough to bear your labels
As long as we don’t believe them.
History may teach girls
Not to be too smart or
They’ll scare away a husband
But a real man can accept that
It’s time girls taught history
What it’s been missing.
By Paige Caine
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