A Letter to the Media

August 8, 2015
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I hate you

for making me hate myself.


For telling a 13 year old

to stare down her reflection

and hack away the lumpy parts.


For telling a shy girl

to wear tighter clothes

so she'll make the "right" friends.


For telling a curious girl

to put down her hand in class

saying, "No one likes a know-it-all".


For telling me

that it was MY fault

when he touched me like that.


I hate you

for making me hate myself

and change myself

and break myself.


But now i know

how strong i can be

in the face of adversity

and that though i may crack and break

I will always be there

to pick up the pieces

and make myself whole once more. 

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