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My Short Skirt by Eve Ensler

   Mon, January 14, 2008 - 8:03 AM
My short skirt
is not an invitation
a provocation
an indication
that I want it
or give it
or that I hook.

My short skirt
is not begging for it
it does not want you
to rip it off me
or pull it down.

My short skirt
is not a legal reason
for raping me
although it has been before
it will not hold up
in the new court.

My short skirt, believe it or not
has nothing to do with you,

My short skirt
is about discovering the power of my lower calves
about cool autumn air traveling
up my inner thighs
about allowing everything I see
or pass or feel to live inside.

My short skirt is not proof
that I am stupid
or undecided
or malleable little girl.

My short skirt is my defiance
I will not let you make me afraid
My short skirt is not showing off
THIS IS WHO I AM
before you made me cover it
or tone it down
Get used to it.

My short skirt is happiness
I can feel myself on the ground.
I am here. I am hot.

My short skirt is a liberation
flag in the women's army
I declare these streets, any streets
my vagina's country.

My short skirt
is turquoise water
with swimming colored fish
a summer festival
in the starry dark
a bird calling
a train arriving in a foreign town
my short skirt is a wild spin
a full breath
a tango dip

My short skirt is
initiation
appreciation
excitation.

But mainly my short skirt
and everything under it
is Mine
Mine
MINE.



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Mon, January 14, 2008 - 8:39 AM
Oh awesome. I was in a production of the Vagina Monologues a few years ago, we raised $13,000.00 split two ways for two domestic violence shelters. It was an awesome experience and this was one of my favorite monologues. I also loved "Reclaiming Cunt" and "The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could". ;p
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Mon, January 14, 2008 - 10:34 AM
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Tue, January 15, 2008 - 11:13 AM
I believe most people agree
And I agree there is a small segment of the population who are nefarious. Do you think they'd understand this poem?

There's a similar small segment of the population who steal my stuff from my car, heck, some would steal from me directly, too.

So I keep my valuables not on show, and ensure to not find myself in a location where violence can happen to me.