Sexism Doesn’t Exist/Unburying/”That’s so like a girl!” – by PRERNA BAKSHI

Sexism doesn’t exist

(Originally published in The Harpoon Review)


Next time someone says

sexism doesn’t exist,


ask them to pay close attention to

their inner voice when


a woman pilot onboard

makes this announcement:


“This is your Captain speaking.”




Unburying those long-held secrets

one shovel at a time

she breathes life into them again


“That’s so like a girl!”

(First published in Anti-serious)


That I ended up hitting him

so hard

when throwing the ball back,

      I was concerned

        if he was alright.



Prerna Bakshi is a sociolinguist, writer and interpreter of Indian origin, presently based in Macao. She is a Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her work has been published widely, most recently in Red Wedge Magazine, Off the Coast, Sick Lit Magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review, Peril magazine: Asian-Australian Arts & Culture and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, as well as  anthologized in several collections. Her full-length poetry collection, Burnt Rotis, With Love, which was recently long-listed for the Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in the UK, is available to order here. Find out more about her at

*Photo courtesy of Brian Michael Barbeito*


Author: sicklitmag

Perpetually quirky, gregarious and hopelessly ourselves, at all times.

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