“The length of my clothes does not decide the height of my character”
There is so much more to a woman than the clothes she wears, she's an expression, a blank verse. She does not have to segregate herself in octave and sestet, into metres and rhymes. She can flow however she wants. She does not require your validation to feel herself worthy of respect, your labels are inconsequential to her glory and grace. Her body is her monopoly, to be loved, cared and worshipped by her alone. To wrap it in garments or strip it bare is her choice alone. She can love her scars like gems and wear her skin like an ornament. The way you see her is your problem because however she is she'll never be perfect for you, too dark, too pale, too skinny, too much weight. Your standard for beauty is outdated and it's not her concern anymore. She's not a sonnet, with rules of how she should be. She's an ode to the entire womanhood, writing her independent and unique art of feminity. You keep the rights and wrongs for yourself and she will keep her passion and radiance, don't get too close, she'll burn you. And prude, slut, whore, tease, nun, bore, old-fashioned are the adjectives that belong in your ancient vocabulary, in hers there's only one, woman. To her, every woman is a human and a sister. She doesn't compare herself with them, she helps them nourish and they help her and together they walk, in scarves, saris, shorts, skirts, bikinis, tank tops, shirts, dupattas, dresses, gowns, jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, crop tops, without a bra, with a bra, in a burqini, in a hijab or naked. Her clothes are not an extension of her personality. Her clothes do not make a 'no' 'yes'. Her clothes do not give you the permission to touch her, grab her, fuck her without consent. So, moron, keep your opinion, your comments to your own petty self. Us, women are above reproach. We were born free, we'll live free.
Riya Surekha Mishra
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