What Is Female?

What Is Female?

A Poem by therisa

We attach labels
To everything
That we see
Or experience
In our lives.

But
What do these labels
Really mean
Beyond being
An artificial construct?

A question
I find myself
Asking.

As the debate
Is reignited
By Caitlyn Jenners emergence
To the world
As a transwoman.

Many times
I have been told
By cisgender women.

That my experiences
As a transwoman
Don't count
In living my life
As a female.

True
I wasn't born
With ovaries
Fallopian tube
Or a vagina.

But
It hasn't lessen
My desire
Or want.

In carrying a baby
Through a full term pregnancy
In giving birth
To my own child.

And no
This isn't a fetish
Or a phase
By me.

Which
Some belief
To be true.

Rather
An expression
From the deepest corner
Of my soul.

In which
I am baring everything
Down to
The very core
Of my essence.

I wonder
How many cisgender women
Could pass the same scrutiny
That's being applied
To transwomen?

Given
How the societal definition
Has changed
Over the decades.

Isn't it time
To embrace each other
And acknowledge
The common barriers
We face?

Instead of
Tearing each other
Apart.

While
Building
An equitable society
Which recognizes
The fluidity of female.

In all
Of its shades
And forms.

© 2015 therisa


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"Isn't it time
To embrace each other
And acknowledge
The common barriers
We face?”

Well said.

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therisa
therisa

Ontario, Canada



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A pre-op transwoman, writing about my experiences, using free verse. Been told my poems are very emotional and personal, almost like a diary entry in verse. If you want to friend me, please review.. more..

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