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“Female Privilege”

Student Submitted Poem
Mallorie Solem


Female privilege is a myth.

Because if it were real

I wouldn’t have been scared

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but flattered


The first time, 


a man twice my age,


told me I was pretty.


Female privilege is a lie.

Because every ‘advantage,’ 

we are graciously given 

comes with a catch. 

Every chivalrous gesture

any basic human decency

comes with an expectation

that you’ll give part of yourself away.


Female privilege is a farce. 

Because somehow we are murdered

At the hands of ‘nice guys,’

Who just wanted our phone number.


Female privilege is a bedtime story. 

Written by rape culture,

to redirect blame and flip the shame

to soothe the wounds of guilty men.


And how dare we feel anything but guilt

for the wrongdoings of,

Our brothers,

Our sons,

Our fathers,

Our classmates,

Our friends,

Our co-workers,

Our bosses, 

Our politicians.


If Female Privilege were real,

Our biggest fears could be

spiders, or heights, or death. 

But Instead of setting crawler traps,

Staying off ladders and tall buildings,

Driving the speed limit and staying healthy,

We cover-up

We are home before dark

We are not too nice

We are not too mean

We don’t leave our drinks unattended

We are always armed, 

With our pepper spray on our keys and our keys between our knuckles. 


What a privilege. 

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Mallorie Solem, Photography/Video Editor
Mallorie Solem (she/her) is a senior at Centaurus, and this will be her third year on the Warrior Scroll staff. She helped with social media her first year, and has been the photography editor for the past two. She likes to play tennis, rock climb, hangout with friends, and listen to Taylor Swift. She joined the newspaper because she has a passion for photography and photojournalism. She likes to take pictures of sports and school events throughout the year. Shes excited to see what awesome work the staff will create this year.
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