Responsibility by Savannah Oler

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

I should not be ashamed to touch my own body. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed to leave my planned parenthood appointment. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed when I get into my car at night without immediately locking my doors. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed of the moisture streaming like honey down my face. It is mine

I should not be ashamed to set my drink down in public places. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed of how I dress my body. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed of the cycle that causes me to buy over-priced tampons or pads. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed of the hair naturally growing on my body. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed of the voice escaping my throat when I look men in the eyes. It is

mine

I should not be ashamed. But I am. And this shame. It is

ours.


Savannah Oler is a junior double major at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is majoring in Biology and English. She grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to Iowa to continue her education, while the rest of her family currently lives in Florida.

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