Briana Zora Libby – “Trigger Warning”

“So you standing up here talking about flowers as a metaphor for my genitalia
Does not represent the cousin or the lover or the best friend sitting next to you,
Crying for reasons you cannot comprehend.
Your artistic license does not prevent
Our drinks from being drugged or
Our abusive partners and fathers forcing themselves on us or
Strangers on the bus following us home with knives pressed into our backs because
Your artistic license does not prevent us from being raped.
When you stand up here and call rape something else,
It sounds a lot like when he called rape something else,
Except instead of art he called it love.

Briana Zora Libby – “Trigger Warning” (CUPSI 2013)

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