I am not the chill girl.

I am very much like other women.

My sexuality isn’t better or worse than hers.

I will not be ranked.

Or pitted against.

Told I am too much.

Or too little.

Or asked for it

Called selfish

When I said nothing

Said wait

Said no

If I seem intense, it is because I am fully human.

Alive

Flowing with blood

Neither the princess

Nor the villain

I am not a vessel or a sheath

Or a flowerpot

No matter what Aristotle

Or anyone else with an important beard

Set out as fact

I am a possible creator of life

With that being just one facet

Deserving of room

Or to give way

For focus on other things

Empowerment is

What I say it is

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