I penned this poem at the time I was feeling extremely vulnerable. I was going through a phase where I was made to feel that my identity is contingent on a man – that I am supposed to be controlled by a man. Through this poem, I want to convey a message to men: women are much more than being your “objects of pleasure.”
I am more than just a body
I am your mother, daughter, sister and wife
I am not just a combination of breasts and vagina
Stop scanning me from top to toe,
Because some day your daughter might face something so.
I am a human, alive and I feel
Do not touch me without my consent
A mere relationship doesn’t give you that freedom
I have my choices and I have the right to put them forth
If you don’t like it doesn’t mean i should keep mum
More than caressing I need care
More than lust I need love
Why should I live my life on your behest
On my own, I can make my life best
If I am only considered as an object of pleasure for you
Remember Sir, for me so are you!
Don’t force yourself upon me and expect me to let it be
If you can be angry, so can I
If you can be impatient, so can I
Do not set rules for me, if you can’t even follow one
Do not put barriers on me, if you can’t even be behind one
Lessons of life are as important for you as for me
I have my opinions just as you have got
I can be a companion, a friend, a confidante;
We are equal, You aren’t superior!
Fatima considers herself a non-conformist, feminist, amateur singer, cycling enthusiast and adventure seeker.