Ashleigh Hales

Individuality All The Way - Poem by Ashleigh Hales

Mini skirts, make-up and boys.
Parties, alcohol and drugs.
Rebellion, danger and sex.
The new breed of teenage girls.

Experimentation with drugs and alcohol.
Skipping school and shop lifting.
And all just to ‘fit in’.
To be ‘cool’.

The lengths girls go to, to fit in.
What happened to sleepovers, girly mags and baking cookies and cakes?
Staying up late, laughing, sharing stories, real experiences.
Where did those years go?

Why does it matter how much you paid for your shoes?
Why do girls pick on the new girl?
Why are illegal activities cool?
Why are teenagers into sex?

Television, internet, magazines, celebrities.
The source of the problems lies here.
Girls looking to have that perfect body, the next Britney Spears perhaps,
The next big thing.

Why isn’t individuality admired?
Why isn’t sport cool?
What’s wrong with girls who like to play sport?
Why are they labelled a tomboy?

Girls want to grow up too fast.
What’s wrong with being a kid?

If you can’t be a kid when you are one, when can you be?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 26, 2005

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