Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

This is an incredibly difficult read. 50% of the population should not have to put up with this.
I’m not sure I can fully comprehend what happens to boys, that they can grow up to be the kind of men that perpetrate, deny, or turn a blind eye to the types of behaviours listed.
And in just writing that, I burn with shame for every time I chose to ignore the boorish behaviours of my own sex. For what? To “fit in”? Fear of becoming the target of their venom?
Hateful…
This shit’s gotta change…

The Belle Jar

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I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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8 Responses to Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

  1. alienorajt says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is harrowing to read. I felt as if I were frozen as each section sunk in. Much I can identify with. Ghastly. But so necessary to get out there. xxx

  2. Widdershins says:

    Every moment of every day of every year on every continent of the world … and they don’t get why we’re angry.

  3. Helen Jones says:

    I don’t like this post, although it was brilliant and harrowing to read. I do like that you shared it, and the comment you added. This is why we fight, and why we must continue to do so. I have a daughter and I do it for her, for myself, for all the daughters, everywhere.

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