Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Good Girl Porn

In teaching
you never know what's
gonna come at you.

Today it was porn.

My fifth grade girls
were passing around
a Hustler DVD
peppered with women--
bare breasts
legs wide open.

I called Shaya into the hall
when I found it in her possession.

It's not mine.
It's my friend's friend who brought it.

And that would be...

Oh no, my drama queen continued
I'm not gonna give up their names.

Well. I guess you're responsible then.

Okay. I'll tell you.
She buckled in mere moments.
I got it from Yasmine
who got it from Brita.
She brought it from home.

This was questionable intel
since Brita is the good girl.
She would be hands-down voted
least likely girl to bring porn
and pass it in class.

But during independent reading
Brita asked if she could speak to me
out in the hall.
Could you shut the door?
she whispered tentatively.

And she admirably explained
that yes, she had brought the DVD from home.
Her and Yasmine had seen it at her house
and Yasmine talked her into bringing it to school.

Sometimes a good girl's
got to change up her image.

I can't satiate
the curiosity of my eleven year olds
about sex and love
as their lives have made them
older than their years.
But I know there is a
knotty little girl heart
down deep.

Take your time
Take your time
Don't rush
Don't rush

I whisper out into the emptiness
of my classroom at the end of the day
hoping these words will settle
on the shoulders of girls

fighting to be women.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen said...

sigh.
"don't rush..."
that made me cry.
i looked at all of their faces today as they were leaving...and it just kills me that they are growing up.
i want them all to stay in third grade...but then, they wouldn't have your wonderful guidance and kind heart to look after them.

you rock so much.

5:50 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

"But I know there is a
knotty little girl heart
down deep."

I like that! I teach 16-year-olds, and this is a recurring theme for me. They want to grow up so fast, and it's hard (impossible, some days) to convince them to slow down.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

The bombardment of porn in our society must be overwhelming for little girls today. It makes me so sad. How can you fight such a drastic predator of innocence?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

Oh, more words which nearly knock me down by their strength! I esp. adore your closing:

"I whisper out into the emptiness
of my classroom at the end of the day
hoping these words will settle
on the shoulders of girls

fighting to be women."

Well done!

P.S. I'm in Maryland, too!

5:08 PM  

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