I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school.
Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate.
I’d like to think I’m more open now.
the reason people get tired of educating, explaining, reasoning, sounding out
is that it just never ends
and its the same shit over and over again
people just continually fuck your shit up
and you have to smile and grit your teeth and go, ‘yo thats actually fucked, please don’t do it’
and when people you like and admire do it
do and say the same stuff you are forced to devote your energy to fighting
its like being kicked in the teeth
this is why people have flash temper reactions to bullshit, even if it was done without malicious intent
a thousand micro aggressions building up over your life
‘why are you so angry’ ‘why can’t you just explain it calmly’
maybe its because it never ever ends
and you explain it to one person and they get it and you feel good, because thank fuck, someone listened! someone grew! someone changed! someone genuinely meant it when they said sorry
and there are more people doing the same thing
what are you supposed to do
what are you supposed to do, other then scream