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Boys Will Be Boys

Boys will be boys,
But girls will grow up in a world,
Where their body determines their worth,
Wearing a crop top somehow inviting--
The visible thoughts flying
around your head.
They will soon learn to notice
slow eyes slithering, searching, studying.

Boys will be boys,
But women live in a world
where they are touched and grabbed,
Assaulted, stalked, and stabbed,
Silenced while screaming,
Holding in all the stress,
Because if they take one breath,
One flicker in the guard,
One moment of peace,
A man can swoop in
and steal their humanity.

Do I not matter to you?
Am I just here to flatter you?
To love and praise,
While in my head silently praying--
praying for your choice to be easy on me,
For masculine hands to go easy on me,
I have already accepted such a feat,
“So stay quiet, it’ll be quick”
My predetermined fate
apparently isn’t worth trying to save.

Boys will be boys,
But I must learn to
only accept a drink from someone I trust,
But even then, pepper spray and rape whistles are a must
But even then, I don’t know who to trust,
Because in my hour of need,
Boys will be the ones asserting power over me--

Boys will be boys,
But I must soon learn how to
hold my keys between my fingers,
To fight off all the dangers,
But even a hidden knife will never protect me,
Because the cards are stacked against me,
I have learned that I will most likely
Become one of those one in three.

My daily internal conflict:
To be pro-choice,
But to never have a choice
Because I can never be the one with the loudest voice--
That power is left up to the boys.

About this poem

I was upset about hearing the common phrase "boys will be boys" to make excuses for young boys acting in an inappropriate way. I wanted to point out the stark difference between the way society views boys and girls, as well as bring attention to the many horrors women and girls face on a day to day basis.

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Written on October 17, 2021

Submitted by thefirths1913 on April 08, 2022

1:42 min read

Hannah Firth

Hannah Firth is an emerging poet, that is using the medium of poetry to amplify her voice while providing sharp commentary on the trials and tribulations of being a teen. more…

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  • schlmj29
    Excellent Hannah, just excellent.
    LikeReplyReport3 months ago
  • cecilia227
    It reminded me of a very powerful spoken word I once saw and I think it is the cold-hard, awful truth of today's society
    LikeReplyReport4 months ago
  • frogsaregay_n
    I chose this poem because as a women I can relate to this poem. It gives me a sense of security knowing that I'm not alone though no one should have to go through what we as women go through.
    LikeReplyReport 14 months ago


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