Content Warning: The piece below deals with marital rape. Please proceed with due discretion.
the man is on strike.
99 hashtags shared.
99 necklaces and the man marries.
99 irritations and the man walks out.
99 becomes 100. the woman remains.
stay. what shall you give me?
no consent. then we will not marry
because in this land
where the woman toils
I will rest my feet.
we are two forces fuelled
by the same fire.
your mother, my mother
your father, my father
you can never do anything wrong
and I can never do anything right.
even if you close your eyes
when I say no. you put a different
label on it. every human has
rights. I call it rape.
if not me, who shall toil in this union?
– Aliyah Banerjee, Round Rock High School, Texas2 Likes