Caitriona Daly is a playwright from Dublin. She tweets at @caitrionadaly and blogs at medium.com/@caitrionadaly
Because I am a Girl I ask …that everyone be incredibly sound to everyone else, please.
Because I am a Girl I believe …in the power of the people and Tina Fey and by proxy, Oprah.
Because I am a Girl I hope … that people continue to get angry and fight for what they believe in, otherwise we haven’t a hope, they’ll make drones out of all of us. Apathy and resignation are a country’s worst nightmare. I hope Ireland gets a bit more feisty soon, she deserves it.
Because I am a Girl I wonder …what ‘fleek’ means and how people use it as if it’s a real word. It sounds like it’s the name of a kids’ cartoon character.
Because I am a Girl I dream …about weird stuff really. Last night’s dream featured a rollercoaster made entirely of Volkswagen Polos and sandwiches. Make of that what you will. Sandwiches.
Because I am a Girl I remember …being delighted when I got my period, it was like I had joined a special members club. If I remember correctly, I kept trying to drop it into conversation whenever I could: “Oh haven’t you heard? Yes, I’m a woman now you know…” I was then promptly called a weirdo and told it wasn’t normal to talk about periods, it made people feel uncomfortable and I was to stop bringing it up all the time.
As evidenced by this blog post; I did not.
Because I am a Girl I like …clothes and make up and getting dressed up and I don’t do it so people will shower me with compliments or men will growl at me, I do it for me and me alone. Being a feminist is not defined by being unfeminine nor is it defined by being feminine. I reserve the right to scream “Down with the patriarchy!” in my stilettos and red lipstick if I should so wish. The world is a contradiction, embrace it.
Because I am a Girl I dislike …Internet trolls, it’s a pretty spineless way to express an opinion. It’s not even worth discussing though, don’t feed the monster.
Because I am a Girl I feel …Blessed and lucky for my circumstances in life and blessed and lucky that those circumstances put me in a position to affect change for others who have not been afforded the same.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate…My body. I celebrate my boobs and bum, my jowl and belly, my scars and cellulite, my moles and marks, my several chins and my freckled face. I accept it and celebrate it for all it is as it is all I have. It is my responsibility to look after it and to love it for what it is. My body does not belong in a constitution nor does my future belong in the hands of anyone else’s but my own. If I choose to love and not to mother the choice is mine and I am not a criminal. It seems irrational to have to ask but please, Ireland, repeal the 8th amendment.
Girls are missing from primary school today.
Girls endure Female Genital Mutilation every year.
Girls become child brides
Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to educate girls across the developing world.
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