THE THINGS THEY TELL US By Valerie Nyerick

THE THINGS THEY TELL US

this is a culture
in which women are objectified
this is a time
when they tell us, when they lie:
be tall
be curvy
but not too curvy
have big tits
a big ass
wide hips
thick thighs
blonde hair
blue eyes
Eurocentric beauty standards
if you’re short
if you’re skinny
if you’re chubby
with small tits
a flat ass
narrow hips
chicken legs
or, God forbid, dark skin
then kneel at the altar
worship the ideal
because you’ll never be a goddess.

By Valerie Nyerick

Biography:

My name is Valerie Nyerick, and I am a junior at The Meadows School. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, playing the piano, and volunteering. I am particularly interested in social justice, psychology, mental health, animal rights, and body image.

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One thought on “THE THINGS THEY TELL US By Valerie Nyerick

  1. The best part of life. We are different. If every woman and man was the same. Would be a boring world. The differents in the each of us make us special and if we are lucky. Someone will like, who we are. I liked your words and thoughts. Someone who seek perfection. Will never be content.

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