Free the nip by Laura Ogden

I have two heavy chains hanging from my chest –

two fleshy manacles clamped.

Everyone watches them swing as I walk by.

I shuffle along, bent double,

my spine curvy like the ideal woman.

I used to want to pull them off, so no one would look at me

and label me prisoner.

But now I just want to stand up straight,

and have my naked nipples stick out like a man’s,




and still be looked in the eye.

Laura is a student at the University of Queensland. She majors in English Literature and History, and after her BA, will be studying to be a high school teacher. She lives in Brisbane and is on a never-ending quest to level up her wordsmith skills.