I wrote this poem during the college year when meeting up with a gal pal. She wanted to write more and I suggested we write poems about female empowerment. I was in a bit of a Riot Grrrl mood. The photo in the cover image is from Etsy, because Mad Max: Fury Road is awesome.
i’m a feminist but i don’t hate men. never hate
your enemies, it clouds your judgment. zing! see,
now that was a joke. i won’t say i love men
because the fact that feminists have to love
men is why we need feminism, not to play
oppression herean games but would you expect me to say i love
white people? but that joke was anti-male!
says the people
who call women dumb bitches and whores and somebody
call svu cuz i just raped
that test and why can’t feminists take a joke???????? just
like they can’t take the truth, we’re not sexist, it’s the truth that women should
earn less and speak less and be raped
more. just like it’s the truth that men rape
more children, shoot more schools, and read fewer books—now hold
on there, you uppity cunt, why do you hate men???? i don’t, i’m just speaking
the truth, men are fifty percent of the population and sixty-six percent of screen roles and ninety percent of congress and ninety-five percent of violent crimes.
women are catty. the real enemy of women
isn’t the men who commit ninety five percent of rapes, it’s other women
who call each other sluts. it’s not as if men
send ninety nine percent of the death
threats against women over video games. it’s not as if men
would rather widows go up in smoke than in orgasm. it’s not
as if men determine lineage by paternity
as if that makes any goddamned sense. hell
hath no fury like a women scorned. not even a man
scorned, who is far more likely to murder
his ex girlfriend than the other way around. it’s not
oppression, it’s biology. or economics. no one has ever been oppressed
in the name of biology or economics. it’s not sexism, it’s
logic. bitches be crazy. feminists are just
bitching. women are so hysterical. they should be
locked up in an insane asylum and let the men have a go
at their genitals, that’ll cure them.
you know they want it.
boy i’m not a feminist because i hate men. feminism
is the only thing that gives me hope for them.