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Good Little Girl

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Words by Ella, 22 VIC

Be a good little girl, he said.

Wear nice clothes for me.

Speak up, but don’t be louder than me.

Smile, but stop being so nice.

People will think you are fake, he said.

Be a good little girl, he said.

Eat your food you are too skinny.

I like girls with an ass.

I like girls who can dance.

You look like you’ve gained weight, he said.

Be a good little girl, he said.

Don’t be emotional.

Men are simple, don’t read into things.

Don’t have ‘issues’, he said.

Be a good little girl, he said.

Don’t let other boys harass you.

Step aside, let me handle them.

Don’t ever stop me when I’m mad.

I’m trying to protect you, he said.

You are special, he said.

How dare you think I’m your boyfriend, he said.

A girlfriend would live with me.

A girlfriend would know how to cook, he said.

Be a good little girl, he said.

Be tough, be direct,

But not with me.

I don’t like to be controlled, he said.

Be a good little girl, he said.

Illustration by AileenYou can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc


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