photographs from the family album II

biology lessons for my little daughter

5 your skin is called burka. the darker the better.
remember, everything beneath the burka is yours
but everything not covered by the burka is his. ok,
i’m kidding. everything beneath the burka is also
his only.

4 your face is on your chest. those two mounds of
flesh and fat, with brown circles on them are your
eyes. that’s where people will look while talking to
you. don’t you throw tantrums about it. eye contact
is important, of course.

3 hair is unnatural. dirty. disease. remove all hair
at the first notice. pluck, pull, uproot. best way to do
it? wax, which must be hot enough to loan some of
its heat to the sun. let the napkin i stuffed in your
mouth soak your screams, let the tears in your eyes
wash the floor. pain is okay, hair is not.

2 you have two fine hands and two fine legs. but it’s
for the best that i let your husband and your in-laws
teach you how to use them. you’ll be such an effective
wife that way, my dear. i am proud already.

1 the uttermost important part of your body – your
sole purpose, your destiny, your wealth – it lies between
your legs. we shouldn’t really talk about it about it out
loud, but i’m one of those modern forward mothers.
what lies between your legs is yours completely, my
child, don’t let anyone tell you anything else. it is yours,
to safeguard. your responsibility. until, of course, the
night your knight arrives. he’ll relieve you of it and you,
my dear, will be freed.


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