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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2014-03-31 01:45 pm

swords and dolls (for transgender day of visibility)

We don't know all their names.
We can't know all their names.
All the children who were twisted out of playing children's games
because the game is dolls and dolls are girls' and these children are boys,
or the game is swords, the children girls, and swords are not girls' toys.

We don't know all their names.
We can't know all their names.
The children who will never be the same
because they grew up forced to be
the child their parents, teachers, world wanted the child to be
and not the person the child themself wanted themself to be.

We don't know all their names.
We can't know all their names.
We should all be ashamed,
because this society, "freedom!" its rallying cry,
denies that very freedom to anyone who wants to try
(or worse, is sure they are, as sure as blue of sky)
something society declares firmly to be confined
to any other gender—to the other gender, as defined
by reproductive system and not what's in the mind.

Go on and practice swords, girls, for girls are warriors too,
and some of you are boys, as sure as sky is blue.
Go on and play with dolls, boys, for boys will fathers be,
and some of you are girls, as sure as wet's the sea.

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swords and dolls by Alex Conall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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