the women in your feed tremble rage
feministboyaziz has triggered them. they too have
been through what whitegirlgrace went through.
they too. have been assaulted. coerced. fucked. abused.
like whitegirlgrace. and even worse.
you too have seen your share of feministboys like aziz.
why then. does your body tighten. smile. yes, ma’am.
handsoutofpockets. at the wail of whitegirlgrace, even more
than it does. at the entitlement of feministboyaziz. why do white
women. and their helplessness. passivity. docility. innocence.
trigger you more. even when they are the ones being abused.
you read about whitegirlgrace. wanting red wine. and you think of
the whiteishgirl with her pure pompom plot. to get into your bed. and
touch you here and. there. and cry. tell you about all the times she
was violated by men. tell you. you were her fantasy. tell you. she had
a white girlfriend. tell you. she wanted you. assume. you must want her
too. run her white soft fingers. through you. call herself flower. make you
feel dirty. touched. no-consent. while making sure you. were taking care of
her. even now. she is helpless. pretty. passive. docile. spotless innocence.
you read about whitegirlgrace. she is weeping. and you think of the very
whitestraightgirl who cried when you. wouldn’t touch her. when you just
wouldn’t hold her hand. when you wouldn’t play along with the bartender’s
idea that. you were the brownbutch to her whitefemme. how dare you say no.
reject. the generous coercion of weepywhitegirl. how dare you jilt. and not take.
care of her. she too is still helpless. pretty. passive. docile. spotless innocence.
she is still weeping. out of the trauma of being
Once upon a time I was called a girl carrying two lemons, and she who said this the most, the one whose lips and deep voice I sensed regularly in my sour soft dreams, would compare my chest to tiny lemons or tangerines or tennis balls. And once she, whose lips and deep voice tickled my daydreams and nightmares and wet dreams, grabbed and squeezed and laughed and mocked, size zero she called me, and the presence of her hands felt so good, and years later, the memory of her hands felt so bad
Once upon a time I stuffed my baby bra with tissues so that her whose lips and voice shook my belly would stop comparing my body to lemons and tiny tangerines/ once upon a time I wished my lemons away after his hands touched me in my sleep and I felt my spirit step out of my body and leave, unable to handle the violence of the thing that the internet told me was “child sexual abuse” and when I got my spirit back the next morning she was broken but silent, and I prayed and prayed and prayed surah falak forever because every night my spirit would get up and leave and it felt so bad every time my body and spirit were torn apart and each shredded into powerless little pieces that pretended to be all-put-together, and years later, when the pieces did reunite again, it felt jarring/ because there are things my body remembers that my spirit has forgotten / amnesia is necessary for survival, she says / no, amnesia is a privilege, my body responds / my spirit is still shook /
Once upon a time a man who I call father and abbu and babajan and king and hero and monster told me it was time to wear a dupatta when I wore a tight kameez because you know I was old now and you know, he was just saying it to protect me from the boys, because you know, his mother had given him special instructions on how to be a good father, and of course his mother meant everything to him because you know, he respected women, because you know it was her womb that birthed his agency, because you know she is my dadi after all, because you know we need to respect our elders, because you know feminism begins at home with respecting our elder women whose faces are etched with cracks of family labor, and you know he was a feminist because he had dedicated his life to being a puppet to an old woman who had seen so much violence, and you know its just a dupatta, just a piece of cloth, just an accessory, stop making it a big deal
Once upon a time there was a boy who kept looking at the lemon-like burdens I carried and I felt myself wanting a dupatta, wanting a chaadar, wanting to be naked, wanting a bandook, wanting a grenade, wanting an atomic bomb planted deeply under my ribcage that would blow up in his face as he looked and looked and looked and looked and — ha ha ha my bomb-breasts would explode into sharp shreds implanted in his destroyed face-rubble ha ha ha
Once upon a time my spirit felt like she owed too much to my broken body so I bought myself a low-cut shirt and a pushup bra in unprocessed efforts to reattach my body to my self to my spirit to my life. Once upon a time I thought that I needed to show the world that I could carry two sexy breasts and that the things over my ribs were my own to own, my own to fuck with, my own way to take away the violence embedded deep in the pores of my bulging skin, and so to honor my body, my spirit started to love the word breasts so much I would say it over and over again breasts breasts breasts breastsbreastsbreasts and let the stss sound hiss through my mouth through my vagina through my armpits through my ribcage through my utterances of surah falak
Now that child who giggled with thoughts of bombing boys straddles labels of gender clinging to my hips, undoes feminism handcuffed to my ankles, unravels the violence hanging heavily from my chest. but I still have wet dreams of her lips and deep voice mocking my size zero breasts, and I still have nightmares of his hands tearing apart spirit from body. Wa min sharri ghasikin iza wakab
Now my spirit is learning, is in awe of the spirits around me who also trans-ed out of rage, whispering surah falak, and binding my chest and gelling my hair back. Dupatta-hands-fingers-mockery-violence- – have culminated into – – Binder. I wonder if sexual violence turned me queer, and brush away the thought. I wonder if healing from sexual violence turned me trans, and brush away the thought. I run my fingers over my chest feeling the flatness, feeling the fantasies and dreams and nightmares living underneath my ribcage, and brush away my need to connect cause with effect, and step into this life feeling a little more attuned, a little less panicked, a little more weaponed, a little less armored
/Once upon a time I ran away from my gender because boy meant violence/
/But now I am becoming boy to avenge all the boys who made me run away from my gender/