False Narrative: Hymen
by Chelsea Fanning
Contrary to popular belief, the hymen
does not break during vaginal intercourse.
It stretches to contain the pain of
every child sent to the matrimonial bed with a white sheet
every teen subjected to virginity testing
every woman forced to undergo hymenoplasty –
two thousand dollars to preserve her father’s honor.
Chelsea Fanning is a writer, poet, editor, feminist, witch from New Jersey. She has an MFA from Drew University and is the poetry editor at Fatal Flaw Magazine. Instagram: @chelscfan