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What Mothers Shouldn’t Have To Warn Their Daughters About Womanhood

"Beware, you will encounter your sexuality far before you are old enough to understand it."

“Things I wish my mother taught me.” 

"I wish my mother taught me in this society as a woman, the first thing that you’re ever going to learn is that your body is not yours.” 

That's how 21-year-old poet KiNG began her riveting spoken word poem"Things I Wish." The genderqueer feminist performed the poem in August at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California. 

KiNG described in the poem what she wished her mother had told her about life as a woman. "I often times wonder when she forgot to warn me saying, ‘Beware, you will encounter your sexuality far before you are old enough to understand it. You will lose your innocence before you were even aware that you had gained it,'" she said. 

She told the crowd about a time she was crying on her apartment floor, wishing her mother had warned her before a man “contorted [her] no into a yes.”

"I wish she would’ve told me that the first thing you learn will not be the last," KiNG said. "How you should blame him, before you blame yourself -- actually you should blame the society that created him. The one that keeps him safe and leaves you cold."

KiNG declared towards the end of her poem that no one should ever be treated like this, telling the crowd: "I was not made for this. You were not made for this. Do not -- I repeat do not -- ever let anyone else tell you any differently.

Hell yes, KiNG. 

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