Feminism: This is for my South Asian people

This is for my South Asian people.
For the woman who walked up to my friend and told her she shouldn’t smoke.
For the guy who pointed at the headphones over my hijab and said I shouldn’t listen to music.
For the mother who tells her daughter she shouldn’t marry the man she chose.
For the man who tells his sister that her daughter shouldn’t wear the clothes she does.
For the woman who tells her neighbor she should cover her head.
For the girl who tells her friend she should not cover her head.
For the crush who told me in 10th grade that my hijab limits my career.
For the man who tells his sister she shouldn’t be out after sunset.
For the woman who tried to tell me I shouldn’t hug my male friends at my own wedding.
For the teacher who tells his student she should aspire to have children.
For the woman who tells her colleague she should not aspire to have children.
For the boy who tells his friend she should behave ‘more like a woman’.
For the doctor who tells her patient she should not have sex before marriage.
For the man who tells his girlfriend she should have sex before marriage.
For the bouncer who tells a customer she should wear different clothes to enter a club.
For the imam who tells a visitor she should wear different clothes to enter heaven.

For the woman who walked up to my friend and told her she shouldn’t smoke.

This is for my South Asian people.

This space between my legs is not for your branding iron.
It is not a license for the taking.
It is not your birth right.
You do not own us.
You cannot own us.

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