Note: Critiques are always welcome. This is more straightforward than other poems I shared.
Did you know that women are required to have body fat because we have to make the babies?
Did you know that thigh gaps were never a beauty standard
Until a few years ago?
Did you know that Barbie used to a positive influence as a sex doll
Before corporations pleased Ken dolls in human suits enough for them to please themselves
Crushing little girls’ dreams?
Did you know that Ken doesn’t have to have
A large penis to feel masculine?
Did you know that size doesn’t matter,
And that’s not just a statement you say
For underdog penises either?
Did you know that gender is an illusion?
Did you know that we’re all illusions?
Impressionist paintings of various sized strokes
And that it’s not a crime to believe we’re grand masterpieces?
Did you know though I’ve sucked my stomach in
When I looked in the mirror,
While making a silent prayer for a bigger butt?
Did you know that I am the hypocrite from your
Cosmos and Seventeens
And Sports Illustrateds?
Did you know that those pages spread into
People’s skin long enough to make them either
And can’t shut the magazine until getting past the good part?
Did you know that the good part doesn’t exist,
Because all the best writers create suspense
So that the conflict is never solved?
Did you know that we’re tired of towering standards,
But we don’t know how to knock them down?
Did you know that it took me years to feel confident
In a bikini?
Did you know that the bikini was revolutionary
Until marketing created the fictional
Bikini Body Look?
Did you know that all you have to do to have “Bikini Body”
Is to just place your body in a bikini