Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Learned Men Discuss

 

If woman is to be improved,
I fear her spine must be removed,
for all our efforts to cleanse her thought,
regrettably, have come to naught.
She clings to control of reproduction
and resists her true and natural function.
She remains unbowed after all this time,
so it's clear we must remove her spine.

The Infamous All-Male Panel Discussing Birth Control Before The U.S. House Of Representatives
A Magpie Tale
A submitted to dVerse

47 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Amen, sister. If that picture didn't say it all, your poem certainly licked out the bowl. (They seem to be able to do a lot with brainwashing without actually physically slicing it out, though.This makes the yearly childbearing directive more effective.)

Sylvia K said...

Amen, amen!!! It does indeed say it all! I adore my children, but I don't miss being married. Halleluiah!

zongrik said...

i didn't see it, but it does look like a spine!!

and then your words, yes, men are...i think they're just jealous

sonnet 36

Doctor FTSE said...

Excellent ironic poem, Mama Zen. I guess the women in the audience were handpicked brainwashed childbearers? What conclusions did the Panel of Goons come to?

Pat Hatt said...

I agree with thee, most men are pretty spinless already.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Wonderful verse, and I couldn't agree more.
http://ihatepoetry.blogspot.com/2012/02/transvaginal-probe.html

Sylvia K said...

I meant to mention that the infamous All-Male Panel on Birth Control does say it all and how far we women "haven't" come after all!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

There is huge part of me that is just so spitting mad about the patriarchal BS that masquerades as societal norms that I could spit nails--Guess that is what your poem brought up for me--yikes where is my spineless self?

Shelley Lundquist said...

Wow! Powerful! Loved it!

Laurie Kolp said...

haha... touche, MZ!

Tess Kincaid said...

So very apropos...good one...

Sioux said...

Do you mind if I print up your poem and shove it up a particularly large orifice of Rush Limbaugh's?

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Fierce and to the point. Wonderful.

Helen said...

Power to the women!!! This is an amazing piece of poetry!!!

Daydreamertoo said...

Many men just have no clue how a woman's mind works. No wonder back in the 60's they demanded equality. They're still have to demand rights, let alone equality!
Bravo!!

Heaven said...

True this...Thanks for the strong voice ~

Fireblossom said...

This is what you get when the weaker sex forms committees.

Control *this* motherfuckers.

marousia said...

Oh, sheer brilliance - you have nailed misogyny on the proverbial head!

colleen said...

That should shock someone awake!

ayala said...

Excellent!!!!!

Yousei Hime said...

Awesome! Grinning all the way through. I'll put it up on our cork board with my husband's copy of 1955 Housekeeping Monthly's "the good wife guide." Seriously, he put it there.

Brian Miller said...

oh i think if you link enough of those spines together you might just see something change....

Victoria said...

Both of those photos + the poem = the power of poetry and art.

Brian Carlin said...

Excellent! Thank the non-existent god they haven't removed your tongue! :-))

Teri said...

Another wonderful poem. I'm glad that I clicked on your photo in my comment section. So glad to "meet" you here. Your writing is great!

Arron Shilling said...

brilliant - all round - i did an huurah! at the end; V.vool pic choice too :)

Semaphore said...

Whoa! Poetry as politico-social commentary! This is cutting edge, and razor sharp.

Lazidaisical said...

I'm currently reading a book about anti-feminism so this fits right in with the day's reading :)

Shawna said...

Ha! Seems a likely tale.

rosemarymint.wordpress.com

chromapoesy.com said...

I am so happy to see you here fighting the good fight with such panache. You've got wicked style.

darkangelwrites said...

Sarcasm used to its highest purpose. :)

darkangelwrites said...

Sarcasm used to its highest purpose. :)

Jebbi said...

your word play in this is incredible....!

Felt Tip Fountain Pen said...

And what have they learned?

Fred Rutherford said...

Strong piece MZ. Removal of spine, such the perfect metaphor/image here for both its physical and alluded natures. Terrific piece. Thanks

myheartslovesongs said...

you go, girl!

happygirl said...

I liked the rhyming.

Wolfsrosebud said...

LOL... so much truth, nice piece

Steve King said...

Nice job of mixing politics with artistry. Not so easy to do and have it turn out so punchy and effective.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Trust you to swoop on the irony and wrap it up in succinct (and rhyming) verse.

The world is still a crazy ol' place, run by crazy old men.

Anonymous said...

Great. Think I must share this with my dad. ha ha!

stu mcp (hate & hope) said...

Oooof- thanks for kicking me right in the balls! Ha ha- this was great- sarcastic, dry, witty, but a socially intelligent commentary that highlights the strength of women- as you say- what is the only thing left to do- remove their spines! But then again- what do I know- me and my silly penis ha ha. This was short, sharp and GREAT

Beachanny said...

My thoughts (not as well said) exactly! Razor sharp and tongue like a knife. The pen shall be mightier in your hand than any sword!

ds said...

Hear, hear!! Will they ever get it (of course not)?

Mary said...

To this poem, I bow my head and say "Amen!"

Lydia said...

Oooh, a great protest poem!!!

Buttons said...

Wow I have read many interpretations of this photo and yours blows me away. Great. B