Who Can I Trust? Reply

Who Can I Trust…

Letter to My Mom & Other Women who don’t like that I Push Back

accumulating a fan-filled bothersome detonator of false empathy
I don’t buy it
When your helping hand implies my shoulder to lean on
I opened to you but you need me
In all your success and importance
In all your validation and significance
I don’t buy it
I won’t buy in
What first?
Do I bite your bait?
Will you pull me into your system
Of patriarchy of static sexuality
Of ownership in love
Of one-upmanship
Of competition
Of old world self-induced misogyny
For women by women?

“Destroy yourself and take me with you”
I don’t think so

~LM

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