Yes, I am a girl and I am proud of myself.
I am proud because inspire of your numerous attempts to make me feel inferior and degraded, I have succeeded in stepping upto your ranks. I have accomplished what you never thoughts I could. Most importantly, I am thankful and grateful to you for helping my reach this stage. So today this is what I have to say to you.
Whenever I would walk out of my house wearing either a burqa or a bikini, your eyes would eat me up. You would stare at my breasts and at my lower body, knowing that I felt uncomfortable and relishing that fact, I thank you for that you taught me to fight you. The next time you stared I abused you, the next time I slapped you and you never started again. I saved myself.
A few times during my period, my skirt got stained and you laughed at me. Then you pointed your finger at my skirt and stepped away as If I was untouchable. For days after that I couldn’t sleep. But I thank you because the next time, I didn’t run. I stood upto you and I shouted out trying to knock some humanity into you. I walked around deliberately, showing out my stain without a hint of pink on my face. You taught me pride.
When I dated a guy but didn’t like him then dated another, you called me a whore, a slut, you refused to talk to me and spread rumours that I was “available”. You made me depressed and I began to cut myself. I thank you because a few days later when I spoke out about it, I found people who had suffered similarly and together we created a massive reform.
When I refused to marry and wanted to work, you locked me up.You forced me to marry a man whom i had never seen before. When I told you he used to hit me and rape me, you snarled at me to shut up.
When I wanted divorce, you slapped me across my face. When I ran away you disowned me. I thank you that due to this I live safely, happily working and meeting new people and even falling in love.
When I denied to go on a date, you stalked me.When I complained, you threw acid on my face. I was burnt, deformed into a demon. But I thank you, for today i am not physically and socially conscious. Today I hold my head high and wali with other people.
You said my gender will not let me to achieve success. You held me back, demotivated me. I thank you your “wise words” made me try my hardest and achieve my goals. Your words and actions have made me realise that I stand on the same podium as you, that I can do a anything and everything and more than you can. Yes I am a girl and I am proud of myself. Life lead me down but everytime I rise with new spirit.
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