Monday, March 5, 2012

Window Shopping


Be a good girl.
don't be greedy
Be a nice girl.
don't make demands
Be a quiet girl.
act like a lady
Be a stupid girl.
to catch the eye of a man.

Also submitted to Open Link Monday at Real Toads

35 comments:

Fireblossom said...

And I would want to do these things, why???

Fred Rutherford said...

I like how you took these age-old stereotyped notions of how a woman should act and what she should do and turned it into poetry, real nice job MZ, thanks

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh how women have been taught..I am more the rebel...Love this take on the prompt.

Heaven said...

I like this a lot MZ~

Sue said...

She looks like she is not going to do any of these "suggested" things...

=)

Sylvia K said...

I love them, you are so clever and you have a great way of starting my day and ending it with a smile, a giggle or a sigh!!

Sylvia

Brian Miller said...

now why not...dont you want to be a proper lady...you know you wont get invited to the bridge game is you dont...

ds said...

Well writ, ma'am. "Nice girls don't..." How long it takes to overcome that.

Kay L. Davies said...

This would be funny if I didn't remember those stupid stereotypes. So many women in so many countries are still being taught how to be good wives.
And even yet, new century and all, how blind we liberated ladies can be sometimes.
K

Mary said...

So much advice NOT to heed!

RD said...

HA...I agree with Sue....
"I don't think so"

Peace ☮

myheartslovesongs said...

sad to me that some girls still are brought up to believe those things.

Hannah Pratt said...

Ditto

Helen said...

I'm sure glad I didn't raise my daughter like that ... sadly that was the case with most young women of my generation. Great Mag - Mama!

janaki nagaraj said...

Cute advice.

Wander said...

So much anger here, with reason!
I have always loved a woman with more then a little something going on between her ears...I guess the smart ones need love too!

Wander

http://wanderwithoutbeinglost.blogspot.com

Dave King said...

This is so politically incorrect. Delightful!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I prefer a man with a more discerning eye ;)

Little Nell said...

But I feel this one’s not so stupid. She’s caught his eye and has got him fixed in her gaze. A sort of revenge? Well done.

Old Ollie said...

I see this far too often...I teach High School.

Tara R. said...

Harsh. I hope my daughter is never one of those girls.

Other Mary said...

I do very much like your sharp pen Ms. Zen.

TALON said...

Loved this, Mama Zen. This advice still seems to float out there, doesn't it?

jen revved said...

Yes... I can so relate-- this is among the terrifying dicta passed from ma mere to me... thankfully, now in my sixties, I have literally spread out into who I am, chapped legs, floppy breasts, cellulite-pocked thighs and all... thanks for stopping by, as always! xxxj

Buddah Moskowitz said...

As a man who is very secure in his masculinity, I like good girls, nice girls and quiet girls (though not exclusively), but am bored by stupid girls.

I can't believe women are still taught this, but judging from the response you hit on a universal truth. Will share this with my wise teenage daughters.

Thanks for the fun write- Mosk

Herotomost said...

Reminded me of the films and books from the 50's on how to be a good wife and mother. Good thing times have changed somewhat...however, as you astutely point out, all is not well still with gender stereotypes. Great message and great writing.

hedgewitch said...

No shite sherlock--and remember, you were born a slut and must work your way out of it by remaining always faithful,cheerful,useful,illiterate, barefoot and pregnant whilst yon spouse hits the tiles and screws everything that moves.

Errr...sorry--was channeling Rush Limbaugh there for a second. ;_)As always, you cut to the heart of the matter and lay it wide open.

Caty said...

hahaha @ HW. I'd rather not catch a man if that is what it takes! :)

Trellissimo said...

No stupid girl would catch my eye... LOL

Lady In Read said...

:) haha..

Lolamouse said...

Once I catch him, can I filet him and serve him for dinner with a nice bottle of Cab?

Lazidaisical said...

Absolutely love this! Brilliantly played off of her gaze.

Anonymous said...

Like, like, like. :)

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

phil said...

your wonderful stanz
caught the eye of this man

Lydia said...

Whew, you put this image under an icy microscope and gave it a glaringly new truth.