Sheenanist.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Magenya, Sheena
Pub Date: 08/01/2008
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: August, 2008 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 3
Accession Number: 188293343
Full Text: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
I am a feminist because I get to
I get to not shave
My legs
My underarms
My brows
... unless, of course I want to.

I am a feminist because I have to
I have to look at me
And live with me
And learn to love me
Everyday, everywhere
Everytime.

I am a feminist because I refuse to
I refuse to be told
That I can't
Or I shouldn't
And I must
Or I mustn't
That I am just another Woman.

I am a feminist because I need to
I need to speak
And be heard
And to be, just be
Me in a place and a space
And that's OK

I am a feminist because I know that
I know that I am not
Just another woman
Another statistic
Another notch on your belt
Another fruit on the tree

I am a feminist because
I don't know how not to be
One.
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