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Girl

Girl

by Jamaica Kincaid

Sexuality and Sexual Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

soak your little cloths right after you take them off (5)

"Little cloths," i.e., reusable menstrual pads that people in many areas used before Tampax came around. (And still use, in a lot of places.) The fact that Girl has her period, or will have it soon, makes her a sexual being in her mom's eyes.

Quote #2

on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming (10)

This is the first of many times that Mom calls Girl a slut. Why do you think she keeps accusing her of this? And what does it mean to walk like a lady—and why do you only have to do it on Sunday? Is it okay to be a slut on, say, Tuesday?

Quote #3

but I don't sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school (14)

The fact that Girl defends herself by saying that she doesn't sing benna on Sundays at all lets us know that she knows how bad benna is. (And, since benna often has sexual content, we get the sense that Girl might know more about these things than her mom would like.)

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