By: Anushe Noor Faheem, Regular Contributor
It was a weird feeling that came along with puberty, a feeling that was probably undefinable. The feeling of being neglected and considered the second gender.
It was weird because I never faced it till then. It was weird because I was free to do anything till then. It was weird that I was told what to do and when to do.
Imagine a girl in a calm morning of the village with the chirping of birds and the sound of the village bell, when suddenly a loud voice comes from inside: “Get inside there are boys there!” That’s what happened to me or to every girl around in a conservative society. Whenever I remember that moment I think about all those girls who don’t agree to ignore such voices and just run into the dark room of self-being. To me those voices made me bold and helped me turn into what I am. I still am told the same stuff, but always have the courage to ignore them and concentrate on the chirping. Yet there are many who don’t, who seriously feel like a second gender.
Thinking of them I always think, why do they act like this? The whole world is co-existing so why not us? Why does it seem like we majorly fall behind when it comes to the world? Just because “Get inside there are boys there!” Why when at some stage in life a girl has to spend life with a boy? At the end we all have to get along. So WHY? What is the issue?? No one has yet given answer to my questions.
Yet I feel it is just the norm that has to be followed, a norm that always was and still is followed by many! A few are still fighting hopefully, ones who are trying to fight the norm, trying to change the legacy of the old ages.
I am hoping that where the world concentrates on world affairs someone breaks the chain of such legacies and conveys the message of liberty to all.
It's important to cross your borders and educate yourself about issues impacting girls and young women around the world
- Was there ever a time when you felt that being a girl was negative? Why?
- How can we educate people and cultures about gender to promote understanding and connection?
- Name three things that are awesome about being a girl.
I’m a teenager and am eager about social issues majorly the ones of women and children rights. Currently also contributing to Global Voices as a bridge blogger. Tweets as @AnusheNoor. A music lover and listen to almost all genres. Hobbies include singing, reading and writing and sometimes dancing.
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