might it have been different for you if, on your first menstrual day,
your mother had given you a bouquet of flowers and taken you to lunch,
and then the two of you had gone to meet your father at the jeweler,
where your ears were pierced, and your father bought you your first
pair of earrings, and then you went with a few of your friends and your
mother’s friends to get your first lip coloring; and then you went, for
the very first time, to the Women’s lodge, to learn the wisdom of
women? How might you be different?
-Judith Duerk


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