I Hold Doors for Other Women by Ally Malinenko

Because men pass legislation
slicing up our bodies
like so much available meat

because the patriarchy
tells us we are rivals

after bosses telling us
we’d look even prettier on our knees
that we have nothing to complain about
that they were only trying to help
that harassment is a part of our paycheck
like any other tax.

I hold doors for other women
because men divide
and conquer
try to keep us from one another
keep us quiet

because online
they tell us that our stories don’t matter
that our lives don’t matter
that our bodies are theirs to take and break.
they tell us

we’re too ugly to rape.

I hold doors for other women
because sometimes it feels like all we have left

is to just be goddamn decent to each other.

AllyMalinenko
Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collections The Wanting Bone and How to Be An American (Six Gallery Press) as well as the YA novel This Is Sarah (Bookfish Books). Forthcoming from Low Ghost Books is a poetry collection entitled Better Luck Next Year. She’s at @allymalinenko mostly talking about David Bowie, Doctor Who and stupid cancer.
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