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  • The first boy who held my hand told me boys don't want to hear about vaginas bleeding.

  • Younger me could smell the misogyny.

  • Vaginas only meant to be fucked.

  • Breasts only meant to be sucked.

  • Mouths only meant to blow.

  • It's true, I know.

  • My waist meant to be compared to an hour glass.

  • My voice only meant to quiver. "Ugh, please, fast."

  • Yet, I am silenced.

  • For all we boil down to is sexual interaction.

  • Not just me. My mother, sisters, friends all quicken their pace post 8:30 in the evening.

  • My mom telling me to wear skirts out less often.

  • Nirbhaya and more left forgotten.

  • We don't want to be another of India's daughters, do we?

  • So I wear my jeans long and wear my tops high.

  • Don't show my cleavage or a hint of my thighs.

  • Don't want to be mistaken for wanting it.

  • Cause if I wear less. I'm more than just flaunting it. I'm risking it.

  • Risking not my virginity, but my life.

  • My hymen seems to be sacred, told to keep it till I'm a wife.

  • If not, I'm a whore, a slut, a skank and more.

  • Not as pure as I was before.

  • 15 year old Laxmi didn't like 32 year old Guddu back and Guddu dealt with it real maturely.

  • He made her the victim of an acid attack.

  • Laxmi could be your sister, your girlfriend, your cousin.

  • We're girls, women, human. Not a burden.

  • So I ask my male friend to drop me home because his privilege will protect mine.

  • I'm sorry dad, I was catcalled in my uniform at the age of 9.

  • This isn't an all men thing I know. Trust me, I do.

  • But the men I can trust are only a few.

  • At the age of 12, my bra straps were sexualized.

  • At the same time, we don't get damn sexual rights.

  • My aunt raped by her husband, but marital rape is fine.

  • Pucker up. It's a mad design. Get in line.

  • So what I'm trying to say here tonight is,

  • I'm sorry I was brought up in a family where my brother taught me wrong from right.

  • Where my mother believes in our generation to better the world

  • and make it slightly easier for each and every girl.

  • Thank you.

  • For I see men in this room.

  • Reaching out for help, realizing the bane of the womb.

  • Being saved by the sane of a few.

  • We're all collectively reaching out for you.

  • Thank you.

  • Give it up for Aranya, guys! Give it up for Aranya!

The first boy who held my hand told me boys don't want to hear about vaginas bleeding.

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