Taming of the Shrew
They stare at her through a plexi-
glass ceiling, her difference
a viable reason for suspicion.
They watch with squinted eyes
and furrowed brows, observing her every
movement with calculation, caution,
They decide when she eats,
sleeps, is auctioned off to the
next zookeeper who will
keep her like a prized possession,
locked inside a trophy case.
A beautiful thing to be marveled at,
a beautiful mind to be misshapen,
manipulated and mastered.
They tape a sign at her feet,
“Please don’t touch the exhibit,”
as if another’s fingerprints
across her skin is a symptom
of impurity though they never
bothered to ask if she desired
the burn of the their hands on
her neck— choking, controlling
They cut her vocal chords one
by one. “Insurance,” they say,
ensuring that she will never have
the ability to cry out against their
abuse. As if her body belongs to them,
an object to be owned. As if ‘insurance’
excuses the voice they
have taken from her. They come
for her tongue next, snipping it
like the feathers of a caged bird—
They beat her and break her
until they are left with the shell
of an anarchist.
They infiltrate every atom of her
being until she is programmed to
be the perfect woman—
They claim their genius,
reveling in the success of
Science is not a game of chance.
Even the most headstrong
horses can be broken.
But can they be
blamed? They were only following
About the Author
Co-Founder + Co-Editor
Sydney Esther Thier is a writer of words, animal sweater enthusiast and self-proclaimed raging feminist. As a junior SMAD Journalism/Independent Scholars Storytelling double major with minors in Creative Writing/Music Industry/Women’s and Gender Studies, Sydney enjoys taking at least thirty credits a semester and has banned sleep from her daily routine. Her favorite past times include petting dogs, writing parody sketches about Bernie Sanders and shouting ‘Matriarchy rising like a loaf of warm bread,’ from the highest of heights. Her future goal is to be the show runner of her own original TV series along with ruler of the world. Sydney is the cofounder and current co-editor in chief at Reduced Pulp.