I was 12,
maybe even a little younger.
“boys will be boys,”
A man’s way of reminding us that we
will always be
A man’s way of claiming a right to our body,
A man’s way of taking authority
A man’s way of
that no matter how smart, how witty, how accomplished we are,
that we will always be
Something given to us before we enter puberty.
An assault weapon thrown at us,
making us self-conscious,
as we attempt to walk from point A to point B.
A letter to the man who took it upon himself to shout at my body today
I didn’t get dressed for you
Morgan Spalding is a graduate student and Teaching Assistant in the English and Philosophy Department of ISU. She has always loved creative writing and, in more recent years, has been pursuing a career in technical writing, grant writing, and teaching. Currently, she is writing her MA Thesis on the ethical importance of trauma-informed technical writing.