KabukiIt was because, I think, women were outlawed from being women --Kabuki by ladyjaida
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what else could the men do, quietly longing for their inner spaces?
(And, smoothing down the silk against my flat chest,
pausing in the places where image met mirror,
I caught myself at a sidewise view, palm against belly,
adopted the coy half-turn of an imagined female cheek --
as if I was the body that bore myself,
as if the angle of my shoulder could obscure my true sex.
In that minute I learned how it was to be a woman;
it was more than acting, this consciousness of desire!)
(c) Jaida Jones, 2004