Insult us from the playground to parliament: Bitch. Witch. Slapper. Cow. Dog. Mouse. Mousse. Tart. Whore. Slut. Slag. Slattern. Fish-wife. Bossy. Bag. Harridan. Hag. Man. Man-hater
Strengthen the cage: reinforce gender by making girlhood pinker, shinier, sparklier
Princess, pretty, doll, lady,
Sweeter Sweetie: sugar, honey, treacle
Abort us. Kill us, rape us, burn us, drown us
Constrict us: corset, girdle, spanx. Tie us in, tie us down
Restrict us. Write us out of history. Block our education
Pay us less. Prevent us from voting, driving, ski-jumping
Sell us lies
Fill us with botox, collagen, PIPs
Our lips, wrinkles, breasts, bottoms: bigger, puffier, perter
Our skin too shiny, too dull, too dark, too pale
Cut out our fat, labia, clitorises
Heels higher, towering, teetering, toppling
Hair longer, straighter, blonder
Strip it, pluck it, wax it, shave it
We promised to obey
Treat us as property
Legalise our commodification
Prostitute us. Objectify us
Hide us in modest clothing
Shame our bodies
Camel-toe, nipple-block, vagisil
This is society, not biology, not psychology
Infiltrate, assimilate, vilify
Turn the tables, accuse us of hate-speech
Deny us a platform
Try to ban us from meeting
I am woman, hear me roar
Keep trying. Try harder
Your need to subjugate, dominate and place your interests first will not silence me and my sisters
You will not erase us
Still I rise. We rise.
Love this, incredibly beautiful. It does bear mention that other women are (so so so sadly) as much part of the state of affairs as men. No man has ever body-shamed me the way other women have, no man has ever called my thighs ‘thick’ or my curly hair ‘frizzy’; made fun of my ample butt or called me a slut. It might be a man’s world, but enforcement would never work without women.
Thatnk you for the reminder. It’s too easy to be complacent
That was powerful!
Fierce passion…Love it . Thank you
Awesome stuff! should be a (politically minded) cover of Daft Punk’s technologic
Wow, that’s intense! Well written and well said. Thank you!
Wow, This reminds me of the power of Audre Lorde words! Angry and powerful. Thank you!
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This is gorgeous and inspiring. Thank you x