That’s why people fight us

Here in the ward, we outnumber them. They may walk around with charts and fancy white outfits, but we’re all starving to death. Sure, the IVs fatten us up for a while, but then we go home. Then we resume life as we know it. Life as a battle of will. And we’re winners.
That’s why people fight us. No one likes to see a young girl win. We’re supposed to be nice, well-behaved things. Pliable, fearful things that cry a lot, especially when we have our periods. I don’t get my period anymore. I haven’t bled since I was fourteen.
It happens in high school. Other girls start losing all their power—other girls start only caring about boys—they get fat and self-conscious, their grades slip. They hang out with each other, stuffing their faces with Twinkies and chips. They lie around, watching movies, saying oohh, I wish I was Winona Ryder. She’s so skinny.
They become shy and don’t talk much in class. When a teacher calls on them, they giggle and don’t know the answer. They’re too busy dreaming about being a movie star. Dreaming about an ass they’ll never have.
Not me. I’ve never lost power. In high school, I got straight A’s. I ran on the cross-country track team. I had the lead in every play, I ran the student council, I tutored the learning disabled, I did everything and then some. At home, I came in when I wanted, I bought all the clothes I wanted, I wore all the make-up I wanted.
And I fucked any guy that I wanted. I fucked the quarterback, the editor of the school paper, and the richest guy in the entire school. I count every bite of every thing I eat. I had a notebook for a while, where I wrote it all down. Half an apple. Two bites of toast. What can I say? Self-control doesn’t begin to describe my power.
Oh, here they come again to go check on the new girl. Cute thing.

Paula Bomer, Inside Madeleine, Soho Press (May 13, 2014).

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