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to the girl

by B M 8 months ago in inspirational
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who didn't curl her hair

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To the girl who didn't curl her hair,

To the girl who didn't spend hours trying to perfect her eyeshadow and mascara, her foundation and concealer, her blush and contour,

To the girl who wore knee length shorts to cover her thighs and short sleeves to cover her shoulders,

To the girl who woke up at the same time every day,

Who brushed her teeth and washed her face,

Who showered and dressed,

Who uses a broom and a mop and dish cloths,

Who uses a pan and an oven and a stove,

And who prayed at night kneeling by her bed,

I see you.

You don't curl your hair because you like it straight. You don't wear makeup because you like the way you look naturally. You wear short sleeves instead of tank tops because you like having your shoulders covered. You wake up at the same time because you enjoy the routine. You brush your teeth and your face because you like to be clean. You pray every night because you believe in God.

You cook and you clean your house because you like to do your chores. You don't chase boys because marriage is a long time away. Instead you study your work and you keep good grades. You look at colleges even though it's far, far away.

I see you. The cleaner, the cooker, the braided hair. The prayer, the reader, the debonair.

It's something to be admired, isn't it? A well-dressed, well-studied woman. A confident woman. Someone who does her chores and stands up straight and does what she believes is right?

The problem isn't that society has deemed you admirable, but that it holds double standards.

To the girl who didn't curl her hair, look at society when it stares at the girl who covered hers.

The girl who didn't spend hours on her makeup, because she was told it was for boys,

The girl who wore long pants and long sleeves to cover her legs and her arms,

The girl who woke up at the same time every day,

Who brushed her teeth and washed her face, her hands, and her feet,

Who showered and dressed,

Who uses a broom and a mop and dish cloths,

Who uses a pan and an oven and a stove,

And who prayed fives times, kneeling on a mat,

See her.

Because even though you're the girl who has a bright future, who is modest, who has good manners, who has a good work ethic, who does her chores, and even though she is a girl who has a bright future, who is modest, who has good manners, who has a good work ethic, and who does her chores, you will always be the admired.

And she will always be oppressed.

Break the stigma.

inspirational

About the author

B M

20, Revert

Looking to spread the word of Islam and answer any questions anyone might have.

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