My daughter

I look at my daughter

So young and so free

She knows so well

Just how to be

She must claim the night

After all it’s her right


But I am sure you can see

My anxiety

We have to run

For somebody’s fun.

We’ve a long way to go

Progress has been slow


Too long accepting

A norm of protecting

We have to let go

To go with the flow

Teach men how to act

Not accept as a fact


That testosterone rules

Anon, Female

2021

Makes me think that ...

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