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i was 11 years old the first time a
stranger saw my vagina
he was anonymous and i was sexy
i was 11 when i learned how to
masturbate coached by a man with gray
anonymous i was 11 no pubic hair yet
just a little
fuzz i was 11 years old when he said
make me come
across the screen in red text anonymous
and i did and i watched him and he asked
me my age and i lied and said 17 when i
i learned through a youtube tutorial how
to layer two push-up bras on top of each
other and hike up the back with safety
forbidden from facebook and aol chat but
when i was 11 years old i learned how to
photograph the right angles of my
i learned how to twerk before i ever
learned how to kiss learn just the right
way to tease my panties down my hips rub
my fingers around and never in
i was 11 and anonymous was 40.
i was 11 and anonymous was 50 60
and i still couldn’t drive yet couldn’t
sign my own reading logs couldn’t turn
on the oven myself couldn’t cross the
street without holding my dad’s hand
couldn’t legally buy a lighter or
cigarettes an axe or spray paint i was
11 everywhere but at home
with anonymous i was power enough
powerful enough to become
something better older my laptop was
filled with hundreds of men
and entertaining them became a habit
like smoking cigarettes or overeating
it is the instant gratification of being
desired at the push of a
button i was praised and loved the
internet taught me to want it whether i
want it or not because i am wanted
to feel the most beautiful when i am
naked to suck my finger like that
to move my body like that to slip my
finger between and
into for someone i will never meet with
i was sexy and i was 11 and it’s
that 11 was girl enough to be a woman
girl enough for eyes
for hands and mouths and girl
enough to watch strip through a screen
i was 11 and it’s up that i could
that they could find me and the first
time someone saw me naked i couldn’t see
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