The Transit of Venus

An alternate galaxy behind your bolted bedroom door
golden moons and stars, texture the blue night walls
into blue days

Discarded toys in corners, puppets hang forlorn at angles
shadows of more innocent times before
hormones and EMINEM

lose yourself, the music the moment the music the moment

Your body changing against your will
storing secrets and swinging moods
that flash like cosmic storms

Entombed with a pyramid of clothes, shoes, angst
curtains clenched, cocooned from light
and the gravity of adult life


© Sheryl Persson

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem