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Womanhood Rules - Wrong Answers Only

Screw being ladylike.

By Nani CruzPublished 3 years ago 2 min read
Womanhood Rules - Wrong Answers Only
Photo by Sasha Freemind on Unsplash

Be proud to be a woman

but never show it.

Your vagina surely told you

when you became a woman.

Although proud of newfound womanhood,

never speak of your menstruation

aloud in public,

especially around the men,

because that would be unladylike.

Aunt Flo’s visits are a secret

that you must grapple with in silence.

Your menstruation is no excuse

to be ill

to miss work

to sleep in

to feel sad

or to act hormonal

because that would be unladylike.

Your chest told everyone else

the day you became a woman.

When breasts emerged

and nipples poked through innocent t-shirt s

is when you first learned to hide yourself

and your womanhood in painful bras.

Only wear the plain bras ,

none of that push-up shit ,

especially nothing with lace or bright colors.

You wouldn’t want to look like a whore!

Don’t let your bra show through your shirt,

cover your bra straps,

hide your distracting shoulders,

and don’t you dare consider going braless

because that would be unladylike.

Embrace your beauty

by making yourself look

presentable for others.

Wear makeup to hide the flaws ,

but not too much that you look slutty

because that would be unladylike.

Make sure your shorts aren’t too short,

that you don’t expose your hidden figure,

that your cleavage doesn’t shine,

or else you’re looking for attention

and that would be unladylike.

Don’t walk alone at night

wearing anything remotely attractive,

especially your oversized t-shirt

and sweatpants with

unwashed hair thrown in a messy bun

because you'd be asking for it

and that would be unladylike.

Don't flaunt your body.

Don’t sit with your legs spread.

Don’t eat with your hands.

Don’t dare dream of living

an independent,


career-focused life

or else you will be constantly reminded

that you are off track

and that would be unladylike.

Well, I say screw it.

Screw it all!

Wear what you want ,

don’t wear what you don’t want ,

do whatever the hell you want,

don’t do what you don’t want.

Being a woman is a beautiful thing

that does not exist to simply please others

or conform to outdated ideals.

Womanhood is what you make it

which no one at all

has the right

to tell you how to do.

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About the Creator

Nani Cruz

As a 23 year old grad school student, I spend a lot of time writing academically. Now I’m taking time to write creatively and enjoy creating stories about whatever makes me happy.

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