SAAM Feature 10: Alden

To Those Who Think They Know

by: Alden Marshall

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To those who begin sentences with the words
“The problem with feminists…”
And proceed to attack my most deeply held beliefs

To those who have the nerve to tell me
That the most terrifying situation of my life
Was all about my selfish personal convenience

To those who equate the fear, the helplessness and the pain
With cold-hearted murder,
And speak of “viability” and the soul

To those who presume to lecture me
About the sacred blessing and responsibility of child-bearing
And would reduce me to nothing more than an incubator

To those who accuse me
Of continuing the cycle of violence that first began with an attack on me
By making the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make

To those who remind me that I am an adopted child
A supposed refugee from the anti-child world of choice
With the charge of returning the favor

To those who say I’ve committed abortion
Not had one
And believe I’ve no right to decide what I do with my body

Fuck you and your opinions
I have no interest
In your hypothetical scenarios

I am not some case study for you to test your theories
I will not debate the philosophical and moral possibilities
Nor entertain the idea that you can possibly understand “where I’m coming from”

I will not explain myself
At least not any more
I’m done talking about it

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