Their husbands sit on airplanes

fencing with laptops,

shoot golf on Saturday mornings,

daydream themselves NFL stars

on plasma screens

Mothers now, they know that they

will never win beauty pageants —

Ken is just a doll —

they will never reign

as homecoming queens,

figure skate in the Olympics,

star on the balance beam,

pose on magazine covers

One way or another,

like it or not,

their daughters will


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