She said “That’s a girl tattoo”
I said “Tell me something new
I’m a girl and it’s on me
so a girl tattoo it must be
but why that face as you speak to me?
is my girl tattoo somehow less worthy?”
She said “You dress like a girl” as if I didn’t know
I said “Thanks for the compliment” as if she meant it so
but I know it was a put down, at least it was this time
and from one girl to another it baffled my mind
She said “You’re the last I’d thought would wear a dress”
as if wearing what I did made me less a feminist
I told her it was comfy, no buttons, zippers or ties
I leave the stiff collars and neck nooses to guys
She said “You wear too much makeup” and maybe that’s true
but why does how I dress my face so interest you?
She said “It’s not natural, not how you’re meant to be”
I said “You have green hair so screw your natural theory”
She said “That’s different, when I dye my hair it's cool
but you look like a girlie girl and that breaks all cool rules”
I hear the contempt drip when you say that word to me
as if girl is something horrible I shouldn’t want to be
Like it’s a four-letter word, a synonym for shit
A disgrace, an embarrassment, something to regret
Well I am a girl, in case you missed that fact
And when you say girl like girl how should I react
should I avoid pink like the plague, always wear blue
wear baseball caps, cut my hair, what should I do?
You hurl the word girl like a rotten egg at me
and try to teach me girl is something bad to be
so don’t make that face when you say girl tattoo
cause honey, hate to break it to you, you’re a girl too
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