The girls are alright, the men aren't.

2016-04-19 08:43

A resurgent wave of feminism is sweeping across the nation and rightfully so. It is motivated by centuries of oppression women are making their voices heard and in the process it has left me questioning are the men are alright?

Before intersectional guns are pointed at my temple this is not a backlash to the rising tide of feminism rather it is an exclusive from behind the enemy lines.  Before I proceed as though we are all learned in the study of power relations in society, I would like to define feminism under the scope of "Women for women" as opposed to the misleading concept of "Women against men". If anything, feminism has proven to be a remedy for all sexes although the backlash from patriarchy has aimed to do otherwise. The problematizing of societal constructs has left gaping holes in the construction of man.

With the changing times one cannot blinker themselves from the reality that a lot going wrong in society is a result of man and his doing. If you mention that, your views will be swept under the carpet as quickly as they do with a rape case in South Africa. Man created a world that enables man to control others while he has free roam on earth. If anything, ask your everyday South African woman how safe she feels around even the men that say they love her. A disturbing truth many would rather not hear.

The governance of man is that of brutality. Many might argue that it is in the human nature to be violent. That is an argument only barbarians can use to justify their actions. Masculinity has become a commodity that validates the abuse of man by his fellow man and that of women and children by men. “You’re not a real man if you don’t…” something that somehow inspires men to act ridiculously and out of character. In all of this I frown upon the spinelessness of what we call men today.

The tendency to correct others but not your own has become a robe of ignorance which man wears so proudly. In my critique of my fellow man I cannot absolve myself for I too am complicit in the plight of man. With that being said, a certain level of mediocrity is what man has settled for. Have we grown so complacent with ills being done in the world in our name or does it become an issue when it happens in your own home? Oh man! You have grown so violent with age, you lost your chivalry to greed. You gave up love for power and gave up your mothers for money. Have you forgotten where you come from?

‘Man So Loved Women’ is a poem conceived in the realization of my ignorance as a man.

Man so loved women that he kept her in the house

Let her live within the walls of his desires

Let her grow from serving

To “she deserved it”

Man so loved women he gave her gift

Hidden beneath her covered legs and arms

Gift so beautiful and blue she had to hide it

Underneath the foundations and blushes

“It was the door” she said

Man so loved women that NO! Became yes to him

“Yes, I will marry you” in her adolescence she voiced

Because man is so full of love

He married off his own daughter to the world

Man so loved women where God made a mistake

He believed ‘It was corrective’

Where she said she was unsafe

He gave her ways to avoid it.

Man so Loved Women

So Man Loves Women?

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