*Warning: not my usual type of post. It's pretty heavy for one of my posts.
As some of you know, one of my favorite songs (I have at least ten) isWhen I Was a Boy by Dar Williams. A lot of times I think about how the boys seem to be losing things that they like to do because boys aren't supposed to do that. (Wiz and his pink stuff, Game Boy trying so hard to be "a man".)
But today as I was driving back from Spokane, I thought about me. I wasn't a tomboy, but I'm trying to claim being a boy again. I'm tired of fear: fear of worrying about how I look
(And now I'm in this clothing store, and the signs say less is more
More that's tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me
That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat),
fear of going places alone or at night
(And I remember that night
When I'm leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe,
someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.)
or any of the other things I am supposed to fear.
We lose so much as women as we grow up from androngynous children's bodies to women's ones. We stop being only responsible for us: we're responsible for what other people think about how we look and responsible for what they feel or do. And we become fearful, even if there's no real reason for it in our own lives. We know what has happened to other women.
So, I'm gonna be a boy. I'm gonna walk (or ride) home from knitting without a nice man walking me home. I'm gonna ride my bike wielding nothing but a cell phone and my driver's license all by myself. Heck, I'm even gonna ride my bike at a breakneck pace down the hills I climb (not ten seconds flat, but still).
Be a boy. Or be a girl again. It's probably good for all of us.