I’ve been told to calm down.
That yes, my ideas of oppression and sexism are important,
but not important enough to be respected at the dinner table.
I’ve been told that mentioning politics can make people upset.
That’s it’s annoying that I care for my country too much.
That I need to chill.
If I scowl at a offensive joke
I’m a party-killer.
I’m too serious.
I’ve been told to be careful.
That if I speak too loud
my opinions could be heard.
I’ve been told to shut-up.
To quiet down.
I will not apologize for using my voice.
I will not allow for others to tape my mouth shut.
And no longer will I stand for the bullshit people say.
I will protect my views
and not rephrase the words I say
Because I mean them.
Because I find this important.
I find politics important.
I believe movements are important.
And if I hear the word feminazi one more time I will
respectfully tell you where to
I will not calm down.
I will not chill. I will speak
because this is serious.