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I am a Girl by enchantma I am a Girl by enchantma
I really didn't want this to come out as bitter as it did, but I get into "Girl Power" mode occasionally. I often get tired of being mistreated as a girl or watching my friends get hurt and taken advantage of. The past several weeks I've witnessed abuse in every form, not just in my life, but a lot of people around me have been crying on my shoulder. Whether it's a relationship or a work situation, I see girls in pain.
I wish I could give each one of you a hug and tell you it's going to be okay. I wish I could tell girls who are hurting to stop feeling hurt.
If you're in a relationship where a guy is not giving you all you need, please step away from it or see a counselor to make it work. There is no reason to ever settle. You're worth more! Never think otherwise. Your life partner does not define you. You are always your own person.
And I'm here if you ever need to vent or talk it out.
Life is short and has so much to offer, so make it the best life ever! Only you can achieve your own happiness.

This is a poem I wrote to channel these feelings that are coming from so many of you and myself in a more encouraging direction. It's also my first attempt at doing anything with typography, so if you're a pro at that, please let me know how I can make this better.

xoxo <3

EDIT: I feel like this message might have come off as out of hand sexist. The "you" I speak to in this piece is an abuser. I didn't even specify anything about this being against men. This is not about ALL men. I have nothing against guys. I have great men in my life, but I speak as a girl about my experience of being objectified in specific situations because of my gender. I didn't want to have to explain this since art is about your personal interpretation, but I do not want to hurt anyone - especially guys. This is very personal and I wanted to share it as an art piece. I also wanted this to become a mantra for girls who need to recognize how strong they are. I am grateful for all the feedback and I'm still going through all the comments. Thank you everyone for your responses and/or support, I love hearing what you have to say!

EDIT 2:You asked for it, so here it is...The "I am a Girl" t-shirt is now available online! [link]

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:iconi-love-daisy:
true bloody true
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InuDante Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I'm saying here is hell yes!
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:iconbrushogen:
Where have you been all my life? And why haven't I found wonderful, beautiful, you until now?
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ArtSUPER123 Dec 19, 2013  Student Photographer
I love girl power. And I hate how sexist some men are. 
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:iconjennyshielder:
where we all come from at birth ? Some men always forgot it. Proud to be, proud to live
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GermanOtakuPerson Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amen to that.

I honestly hate how some men believe they can push us around and use us as objects that are meant to do nothing but work for them. Just because we have just a few different body parts doesn't mean that they are greater than us. We do NOT belong in the kitchen or doing all the chores, and we sure as hell aren't their slaves.
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somisistaA Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
amenDango-cool
 
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DarkProphet05 Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow i wish this could be displayed everywhere and not just online (im thinking the big display in NY's Times Square). I am a guy who believes in gender equality, with acceptance that each gender has a downside that is occasionally negative.
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enchantma Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your feedback! I appreciate it!
And thank you for understanding the piece for what it stands for...It's disappointing that people are taking this as a sexist message. Yay for gender equality!
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AnnaKlava Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz: I love this piece. It's not sexist at all and I can see exactly where people are coming from with this, although never experienced it myself. I really, truly hate abusive people regardless of what sex they are. I do, however see a lot of girls holding onto shitty guys more than guys holding onto shitty girls. And this needs to be said.
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