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A Rejected Women's Razor Ad

The all new redesigned Venus razor

will give you the smoothest shave

you’ll ever get and sits

in the endless repertoire of beauty

that’s expected to be performed.

It is among the youngest of its kind,

only there for a hundred of the thousands

of years that we have bled on this Earth.

Think of Boudicca’s armpits and laugh.

See Joan of Arc’s hairy legs burning and be silent.

Dream of Cleopatra’s curling pubic hair and tremble.

They made us want to be as we came; hairless,


and covered in blood.

#2018 #poetry #IrisEMcPherson

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