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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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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yay
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JoePhilliacTheBlack Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice!
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Mckill316 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
FUK YE!! IM MAYBE A DUDE BUT FUCK IT I WANT AN EQUAL SOCIETY OR HOWEVER THE FUCK YOU SPELL IT!!!
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ihamza995 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE!
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Lisandra-chan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I am just so tired of that bunch of men that can not see something like this without commenting "OOOH BUT NOT ALL MEN! AND THE NICE GUYS? DONT FORGET THE NICE GUYS!!! I AM NOT LIKE THIS! WHY ARE U GIRLS SO MEAN?!". 
Like, yeah, dude, we know not all men are like this, we have families and friends, you know? Do they want a special prize for being a decent human being? A pat on the head for respecting others? We, men and women, need to work together to end sexism and gender roles. So, boys, if you are really that nice guys we need you to teach some people out there how to be like that, not to lessen posts like this.

Beautiful design. Girls, you can go as far ans you want!!
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BBChild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
"I am of greater or equal value."
Wait what.
Greater value?  
What.

No, women are definitely not "of greater value" than men.  That's an extremely sexist idea.  Good grief, we're equals.  No gender is better than the other.
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willow-wishes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Did you read the artist's description?

" 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!"
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BBChild Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great little description.

But that still doesn't change how disgusted I am with the "of greater or equal value" part.  You can create a "mantra for girls" without putting down men in the process.  Giving individuals false ideas that they are better than everyone else is not empowering, it is misleading and WRONG on so many levels.
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YamareiKuroyamiMashi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you BBChild.
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ShadowofWOPR Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
"greater or equal value"
No...  Stick with equal, but when you say "greater or equal" it makes you sound really egotistical.  To say "you're not better, you're equal or lesser to us" makes you just as bad as the men this is obviously directed at.

Rest is fine though, except maybe beautiful, that's such a subjective word I think you'd be better off using "Proud" or "Independent", it gets the message across better.
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