Satire On Boyfriend

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Girlfriend. The word flows out of my mouth so easily, so beautifully. I feel such confidence racing through me, with a newfound pride in my identity. This newfound strength and the pride in my identity that garners dissolves away so quickly as I look around. Older women stare at me with uncomfortable smiles that read, “You mean your friend who is a girl, right?” My peers turn their noses up in disgust. My mother holds her breath. My heart yearns to sing the notes of Sappho’s song, yet I sink into myself, tasting vinegar on my tongue.

Going through life as a lesbian is hard; going through high school as a lesbian is nearly impossible. Society's indoctrination of expectations insinuates itself into the subconscious minds of adolescents who
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