The Musings of a Modern Feminist

An amateur poet's take on feminism

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From the Soul


Tears
Tears fall
At the latest jibe
At how tall
Or short
Or fat
Or thin
Or that
We wear the wrong
Clothes, make up
Shoes; We mus conform
To their made up
Rules
And regulations.

We’re being made
Less than human.
Not even close
To a woman:
Little more
Than a mass
Of parts
To be passed
Between men.

We cry
And weep
As our sisters’
Blood seeps
Into the soil
Crying for justice.

The Whole Industry


We’re back to feminism this week. So I present this week’s poem:

They say it’s not enough
Never enough
You need more stuff
To make yourself acceptable
Average.
Too much fat
Too little
It’s just that
it’s in the wrong place
The wrong distribution.

Here, buy this cream
This serum
It’ll make you seem
Beautiful
For just an instant

Then you need to buy more
And more
And more
And more….

You must be paler
Or darker
Bigger
Or thinner
Just not yourself
Never yourself.

Do not be silenced.


Yesterday I watched a documentary called Killing us Softly 4 about sexist advertising and its effect on society. After watching it I was inspired to write this poem that I call Do Not Be Silenced.

Black is not beautiful.
Bigger is not better.
These are the fetters
That bind us to Chanel.
But now let us channel
Our beauty, our femininety.
Do not be silenced. Do not be bound.
Stand up and shout ’til we are found
To be right.
We are women.
We are not breasts
Nor waists
Nor legs so thin they waste
Away into nothingness.
We are mothers, we are teachers.
We are nurses, shopkeepers, doctors and preachers
So preach!
Do not be silenced. Do not be bound.
Stand up and shout ’til we are found
To be right.
We have minds, we have wills
We have needs and we have skills
That we can do like no one else can.
We are beautiful. We are proud.
So scream it from the rooftops so loud
That we cannot be ignored!
Black may be beautiful.
Bigger may be better.
But dont let these be fetters
To bind you to some brand.
Ladies, let us band
Together and show them the truth.
We are all of us one of a kind,
Each with our own body, each our own mind.
So let this be our motto, let this be our mantra:
We will not be silenced. We will not be bound.

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