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TO BE A WOMAN 

means you aren't really supposed to trust any men. When your husband leaves the car to buy some water
and the driver hits the pedal, you yell – Not yet! Go back! He says, I'm just turning around,
Ma'am! Ma'am, please!
You feel like an ass. But you were thinking
of the Swiss woman gang-raped in the woods   of the woman on the bus raped by seven men and
a metal rod     of the girl in your math class          of the five-year-old   alone    for two days in an
apartment below her parents. At the gym, you watch a mango juice commercial: Starring role: Sex
Repressed. Two women with movie-star hair jockey to pour mango juice down one man's throat.
Crouched barely clothed in a green glade skin glistening, beyond delighted.

− Emily Mohn-Slate

Emily Mohn-Slate is an MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars and the recipient of the Liam Rector scholarship. She teaches first-year writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is co-director of the Social Change Semester. Her poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Fourth River, and are forthcoming in Vector Press, the Motif v-4 Anthology and Voices from the Attic. She lives in Point Breeze. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.

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