July 20, 2019

The True Meaning of Sisterhood

“The first time I heard the word sisterhood? I was 12 years old, hiding in the music room at lunchtime and tragically plucking the intro to REM’s Everybody Hurts on my guitar when a girl from the year above said, “It’s bang out of order what those girls did to you in the park, not very evocative of the sisterhood.” And despite not knowing what the hell she was going on about, I sensed she was coming from a place of solidarity.

The feeling was one of apricity as Daisy instructed me on the basics of the sisterhood; stick together, don’t sabotage. It was everything I needed to hear in that moment because until our meeting, my day had been as unsisterly as they come. I’d had this crush on a boy called Kieran Maguire; Reebok Pumps, good at cussing, blonde curtains – you know the type. And despite not thinking I was his type, word got to me via his friend Katie that he wanted to snog me in the park before school.

In hopeful anticipation I stuffed my mouth full of Wrigley’s Spearmint gum, sprayed a whole can of Impulse on my cardigan and Katie and her friends met me off the bus to deliver me to him. As we walked through the park she encouraged others to join us. “We’re taking her to Kieran!” she declared. I started to feel uneasy – so many girls from school were on our tail that I felt like Jesus being led from Gethsemane to Golgotha. But this must be normal, I thought. Katie – most popular girl in Year 8; Goal Attack in the netball team, owner of over 100 Fruit of the Loom jumpers, fresh corkscrew perm – you know the type, huge crowds must follow her everywhere and more girls kept joining us until I finally stood before Kieran.”

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