Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

24 September 2010

Summer of Feminista: A woman is a womb


Written by Minerva


I was raised in a woman only household.

What does it mean to be a woman?

A woman is a womb.

My father wasn’t there when I was born

he was disappointed with my mom

cause “she” gave him a daughter and not a son.

Two years later my sister was born

he left

it was just too much to bear.

A woman is a womb?

Abuelo passed away

he was talking a shower and his heart just stopped.

The oldest sister Aunt Amelia took care of all of us.

Abuela prayed and cooked.

Mama

a brilliant scientist was never recognized

she even helped clone a sheep, but drove a cab by nights.

What does it mean to be a woman?

We girls played the piano, washed the dishes, sing with mezzo-soprano voices and wrote some sort of poetry. We read Simone de Beauvoir.

A woman is the origin of life.


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