Meltem Arikan

I’m guilty! My temple is my body.
I confess: I worship my body. So, I do not let men, use it as a handkerchief.

I’m guilty! I can live my sexuality with all the cells of my body.
I confess: Sex is not sex for me when it is downsized to a few organs.

I’m guilty! I demand to take pleasure and I wish to give pleasure to my body.
I confess: I do not refrain recognizing, looking and touching my body.

I’m guilty! I believe that the base of the world is female.
I confess: I struggle for women, share their efforts to change the world.

I’m guilty! I am not afraid of being a sinner.
I confess: I want to live with men, in love.

I’m guilty! I do not accept any of the restrictions laid before me.
I confess: I draw the borders of my freedom realm, on my own.

I’m guilty! I do not accept any thought patterns that are imposed on me.
I confess: I do not draw a line of obscenity between my brain and body.

I’m guilty! My body belongs only to me
I confess: Only I decide how I will use and present it.

I’m guilty! I firstly mind being a woman, not a mother, a spouse or a lover.
I confess: I reject all the roles that are imposed on me.

I’m guilty! I choose to rebel in order to exist.
I confess: I do not care for any of the words you speak

I’m guilty! I do not accept heaven promised to me in advance,
I confess: I desire to live in heaven here in this world.

I’m guilty! I am very glad, to be a woman, to exist as a woman, to live my sexuality and to own my body.
I confess: I will fight with everyone, anytime if they try to take it back from me.

Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.


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