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VOX Teen Poetry: Girls ‘Lock In’ on Sexual Harassment

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I am my own person and live my life how I want.

I am not for everyone.

I am not your object. I am not perfect and I do not have to be.

I am powerful, resilient, and beautiful.

I am not your “baby.”

I am black art.

I am not a sex figure.

I am my own voice, no one speaks for me.

I am not your b**ch.

I am not your “black woke queen.”

I am not your fetish.

I am not a toy for you to play with when you get bored

I am not flawless.

I am not yours.

I am a human and I want to be treated like one.


by Maya Martin/VOX staff & Atlanta Teen Voices editor
by Kaylynn Parks/VOX Teen Staff
by Zakirah White/VOX Teen Staff
by Jasmin Martin/VOX Teen Staff
by Alia Holt/VOX Teen Staff

This poem was created by the participants in VOX’s 2018 Girls Lock-in after a discussion about sexual harassment in the media and in our communities. 

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