armor, and the lack thereof
Men are the societal default
Because men came first, because
Eve came from Adam’s rib, because
Adam came first.
And so men must come first, because
Is androgynous, because
“Tomboys” are praised for not being like other girls because
“Other girls” are shallow and we must
Never be like those girls because
Masculine is always better and
When even females aren’t allowed to be feminine,
What is feminine?
Tomboys are praised for being “unique” while the
Lucygirls of the world
The little boys in dresses
The men in makeup
The queens, out for the night at a bar, never made it home
They are beaten down
Told “you’re not enough,” told
“You’re too much”
Too much for this world to handle, this
Narrow-minded world that
We will never admit is
And so the
Shallow girls look in the mirror and
Put on their lipstick and
Brave the world in their armor.
Put on blush like a sword put on
Eyeliner like a shield and
Protect yourself from ugliness don’t be
While the unique girls insist
“We are not like them” and
Put on their jeans.
Put on shirts-long-enough-to-cover-your-stomach like
A different kind of armor and
Protect yourself from being seen.
Don’t be too open don’t be
Too feminine don’t be
The horror story meant to teach don’t be
The example in the article titled What to Do to Avoid Rape don’t be
Meanwhile the queens put on their makeup
Put on their clinking jewelry,
Their armor catches the enemy off-guard long enough to
They weren’t expecting this.
Put on your dress like
Fight back stand out rebel by succeeding and
Don your wig like
You never saw this coming.
There is no armor that’s safe there is no
Shield that guards no
Sword that protects.
The only armor here is
Cis men in t-shirts and pants, they don’t need any
You don’t need any armor.