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