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My Opinion should be respected

Nobody speaks for me
I speak for myself

The topic: Politics
I preferred Candidate A
He preferred Candidate B
An intellectual debate rose
Or so we thought
He acknowledged that I have a functional brain
I love it, am all geared up.
I take my place beside him as a worthy opponent
20 or so minutes later
He got personal
My intellect was up for questioning
He was getting frustrated and pushy
I, as a woman, should back down
I should support his candidate
Despite my better judgment
Despite being of sound mind
He is the Man, My Man
Am the Woman, His Woman
He is expects nothing but submission
He is hurt and angry that I persist
Persist to drive my point across
Persist to defend my stand
Persist to stand my ground
Am shocked!
But backing down is not an option
He tears down at my femininity
I hear words like: submission, humility,
He talks about his ideal wife
He describes a dumb, brainless me
I am bleeding inside
He dangles marriage to me like a carrot to a horse
I will cry later
Right now, I have to wear feminism as an armour
For my sake, for my daughter’s sake
She has to grow in a home where the woman’s voice is heard and respected.
Right now, I have to wear feminism as an armour

Comments

JaniceW's picture

Feminism as an armour

This is a powerful poem that captures your courage, your defiance, your fighting spirit. You rightly make no apologies and for that, you will be a strong role model for your daughter.

You write beautifully and end on a powerful note. Well Done!

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