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girlhood is lace-trimmed dresses

and painting your nails red

it’s sneaking into your mother’s room when you’re five

to try on her pink lipstick

it’s playing with dolls when you’re young

only to discover them years later

it’s sleepovers with friends

and braiding your hair


but it’s also 


being scared all the time

being told to cover up

protesting for rights that’s so easily

doled out to men

it’s being unable to walk alone at 3 am

and feeling awkward in your own skin


it’s feeling everything

and nothing all at once.

Mahika Natarajan

Hi my name is Mahika! I'm a junior and I enjoy writing and reading a lot. I've been learning Indian classical dance for 10 years now and also play the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. I love coffee, rainy days and playing with my dog.

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1 Comment

  • TG

    Powerful contrast between relatable, innocent girlhood images and the harsh battles we all face as women.

    October 1, 2023 at 6:26 pm
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