02.09 / 7905
viaSource

The year I turned twelve, all the little girls were sent to a self defence class
just in case.
The first thing we were taught was how to get away.
The second was how to fight.

I can’t remember the first time hearing about rape
even though it’s been around longer than human history has been recorded
but I remember my classmate telling us about her uncle
and I remember watching, shocked stiff,
as her shoulders shook and her mouth broke around,
‘he wouldn’t stop.’

It was the first of too many stories I overheard
of girls getting ripped into.
(Last year, a girl told me about her first time at age 13
when she woke up from her debut with alcohol
and someone was inside her.)

We grow up with built-in warning signs:
Don’t lead them on.
Don’t show too much skin, lest you provoke them.
When walking to your car at night, hold your keys like weapons
and walk like you’re prepared to fight to the death
because so many girls have to be.

At the end of her time with us, our self defence teacher told us
what had happened to her when she was our age.
I remember being twelve and the hyper-aware kind of scared
the kind of scared you get when you’re on a school camp
and you hear a ghost story for the first time
and they end it with, ‘you’re next.’
I remember being twelve and looking around the class full of girls
and seeing some of them with a look like they already have their own version of her story.

— 'A Generation Of Girls Using Car Keys as Swords,' theappleppielifestyle. (via theappleppielifestyle)

  1. nycticeius reblogged this from violetcoil
  2. disguisedalmond reblogged this from violetcoil
  3. the-elegant-hedgehog reblogged this from violetcoil
  4. violetcoil reblogged this from owlmylove
  5. kissmehardy21 reblogged this from theappleppielifestyle
  6. withoutyourskin reblogged this from beccuhlovebutton
  7. beccuhlovebutton reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist
  8. jongupismybaby reblogged this from 221b-bacon-street
  9. sergeant-sarcasm-at-your-service reblogged this from 221b-bacon-street
  10. fem-eleven reblogged this from memadsterwho
  11. memadsterwho reblogged this from 221b-bacon-street
  12. dis-biatch-be-hungraaay reblogged this from 221b-bacon-street
  13. 221b-bacon-street reblogged this from theappleppielifestyle
  14. annamichaelisteller reblogged this from bad-case-of-lovin-your-writer
  15. bad-case-of-lovin-your-writer reblogged this from theappleppielifestyle
  16. mfkw reblogged this from flowersformyshippergrave
  17. flowersformyshippergrave reblogged this from forever-a-cumberbitch
  18. thenicolexoxo reblogged this from regina-inferni
  19. majoringinlycanthropy reblogged this from ifonlyfor
  20. thisistherealfancyduckie reblogged this from piinboots
  21. kaleyjohnson reblogged this from retsyboss
  22. retsyboss reblogged this from misandry-mermaid
  23. gracieneedslove reblogged this from wehailsatan666
  24. quotemeonit reblogged this from ikkyg
  25. atwerkaderk reblogged this from stepintomyquietviolence
  26. stepintomyquietviolence reblogged this from likethe-bird
  27. likethe-bird reblogged this from irie-green
  28. luna-dea reblogged this from femminista-fatale
  29. thug-lyfee reblogged this from valleysasa
  30. valleysasa reblogged this from owlmylove
  31. theawkwardelevator reblogged this from foxy-feminist
Flag Counter