The Myths of Girlhood

we were spoiled
for reality
by milk chocolate-coated fairy tales
force fed us as girls
made to swallow
not spit
myths about beauty
taught that only pretty, pretty princesses
would be awoken by
true love’s first kiss
impossible standards of beauty
made for
bitter cherry centers
that left us empty
how old were we
when we learned
that mere mortal girls
like us
would never be beautiful enough
thin enough
kind enough
pure enough
to win Prince Charming’s gold enrobed heart?
we ate up the lessons that with the right make-up
the right clothes
if we took enough quizzes
in Seventeen magazine
about how to be popular
how to catch his eye
contorted ourselves into pretzels
we might almost be enough
to be invited to dance at the ball
drink a brief taste of the pink champagne dream
before the clock struck midnight
and we turned back
into pumpkins

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved


  1. And, in Disney Princess Land (with some nod to different skin tones and hair colors), the beat goes on, and on, and on, and girls grew up to discover that Price Charming looked and acted a lot like Harvey Weinstein, and that Rhett Butler didn’t give a damn.

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