my body & my dreams are my own

i was sexualized at work
by a drunk man
who told his buddy that i had,
"nice assets";
who wouldn't stop asking me out
i kept smiling and trying to be professional
his friend insisted that i couldn't go out
with him because i was at work,
but he wouldn't stop asking;
felt a sense of relief
wash over me as they leftβ€”
it was so uncomfortable and made me so
anxious even though i tried to hide that behind a
friendly customer service smile
privately i was disgusted
that anyone would talk about someone like that
in front of them,
and i don't care how drunk someone is;
women are more than mere sexual conquests
and vessels for carrying children
we are just as human as any
manβ€”
our dreams and contributions to the world
are not lesser or made insignificant or null because
of men,
and so i don't see why are bodies are treated like objects;
because they're our bodies
stop talking about mine like you own it.

- linda m. crate

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