by Hawo Ali
Because you are a girl.
Get up every morning and pray the Morning Prayer.
Cover your hair every time you are in public.
Pray five times a day and don’t wear tight clothing.
Walk like a lady.
Cover your mouth when you’re laughing; because you are a girl.
Cook and clean the house; because you are a girl.
Don’t go outside and play football, you are not a boy.
Cross your legs and don’t eat food in public; because you are a girl.
Don’t talk loud; because you are a girl.
Is this true that you talk to boys when you go outside?
This is why you are not allowed to go outside;
This is why you are not having a boyfriend;
Because I want you to marry someone I approve of.
This is why you should obey your husband and be a house wife.
This is why you are going to have many kids; because that is what a lady does.
This is why you’re not going to school because you are a girl.
This is why you are not getting married to someone who is not a Muslim.
This is why you are not getting jealous; because men can marry more than once.
This is why you are not making eye contact; because it is not appropriate.