Trigger warnings: Sexual Abuse
I wish I had someone famous to
Pin my #MeToo story on.
It would change the way we looked at the world.
Industries would coin new laws, HR would introduce sensitivity Training,
Parliament would pass a bill.
But my secrets involve the Ordinary everyday.
Fathers who thought you and Your five year old brother were His toys and then took you shopping for toys.
My brother never married,
He worries he might become our Father.
Teachers who finger fucked your 4 year old vagina as you scraped The paint ( probably lead) off the School desk.
He went on to have three Daughters.
Uncles who gave you lollipops After they jammed their penises Into your 9 year old face.
Paralytic stroke got him.
Grandfathers who rewarded you With 10 naya paisa for rubbing Their special place.
Friends you grew up with, Grabbed your pussy because you Were chill enough to go drinking With them
Still poke you on FB.
I’m not counting the actual Creeps here you know, the Pervs?
The ones who pinch your bottom On the streets, cat-call you, rub Against you in a crowded bus. No, no.
These secrets will die with me, be The death of me.
They are now encased inside of Me in a tumor that students of First year medicine
Will exclaim at and find a Complicated name for.
This is nothing anybody will sing Songs about, for it is no pearl That I wrought from the invasion Of my body.
No good will come off my Proclaiming #MeToo.
©Hema Gopinathan Sah 2018
2 thoughts on “On why I don’t have a #MeToo story”
I really wish you could share these at Momspresso. The world needs to hear you. The women who read the news and reflect on their past lives are still forgetting to pass on the message that it wasn’t a hugely grotesque deed that had to be talked about or a famous celebrity who need to be pointed out but it was the everyday which killed a part of their childhood. They need to talk about it now – to their husbands and sons to remind them how little a woman can feel and to their daughters and sisters to tell them not to keep quite. I really wish you would post these at Momspresso and make a million Mums hear you.
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Love your writing. Much appreciate #metoo. What about men exploited and misused by women. Why is this gender specific?