LITTLE GIRLS MUST

by Alex Valente

Original Italian by Alessandra Carnaroli (1979-), ‘le bambine devono’. Part of Sartoria Utopia’s Calendario Utopico 2017.

little girls must be
little girls
with long hair
or short if sweaty
with rhinestones

and hairclips
and headbands

they get ready to have children
to behave
to earn less than boys

they get used to
like with poison
to a little heel
to stitches on clothes
and those
on their skin

if at home daddy
shouts
that’s enough

Featured image: Alessandra Carnaroli via golfedombre

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