The Sexy and Sweet Paradox
Written by Sheherzade Khan, a WSTB05 student from the University of Toronto
This poem was submitted as part of OPF's partnership with the WSTB05 class (Understanding Power and Knowledge in Research). More information about our partnership can be found here.
Why am I a vulture when I can be a dove?
Do I not deserve tender, care, and love?
Am I nothing but your personal sex toy, a pawn in your ploy?
“Quit complaining, if you weren’t wearing that dress, I wouldn’t call you a whore!”
And it goes on and on, forevermore
If I’m black, I’m fast
If I’m a Muslim woman, I come last
If that’s the case, how can we move past?
If I’m Oriental, I’m exotic
If I’m Latina, I’m spicy and hypnotic
All the pretty girls are enticing
But if I tell you no, you’ll go psychotic
Very well, not surprising
Very well, I’m the modern Jezebel
Got the tricks up my sleeve, no wonder Adam ate from the tree
Sang out like the siren, strayed them away from the yellow brick road
Just like the succubus, all the foolish men are soon to get in trouble
Putting me on an operating table, just for you to poke and prod
Highlight my insecurities like a blinding light
Every curve, crack, and cut is flawed
Nothing is equal and I can hear the snickers
Yet at the same time, it just feels right
If anyone says otherwise, I promise you I’ll bite