Feminism Because It Sounds Nice

24 Feb 2017




Feminism Because it Sounds Nice



Used my brother’s bodies


Like brown tree stumps


On which to stand.


Like their color was your platform.


And when you


And Mott


And Stanton


And all the other suffragettes


With hand painted portraits


And lifetime biopics


And artificial critical acclaim


On bull shit ideologies


Like Republican Motherhood


Gathered upstate


You summoned Isabella Baumfree


‘Cuz her new name sounded nice.


(like a gold token)


And when


She told you


That you used her brothers


For your own advances


Because it sounded nice


And then used them again as a means for reason


When they won


And you lost


She asked you, in New York vernacular,


“Aren’t I a Woman?”


And you recorded her “aren’t”


As “ain’t”


Because southern Negro twang sounded nice.


And amidst dodging man-eating dogs and opening railroad stations


To save my Black ass’s tomorrow


She didn’t have the time to


Learn to write the words she spoke.


And then you birthed daughters who birthed daughters who booked Megabuses


From all parts of Ohio and Oklahoma


And Kansas and those other states that


Don’t nobody know shit about,


—Like the continent they call a country


‘Cuz don’t nobody know shit about—


Into the capital


To spew sentiment like


Intersectionality and universality


Because those sound nice too.


My favorite signs were


The cis,  


pink cardboard,


Peach-color crayoned,


Perfectly symmetrical




With perfectly symmetrical penmanship that stated:




Better even,


The ones that explained that pussy power


Trumps Trump’s small hands


Because it sounds nice.


It sounds so nice to oppress women


By oppressing men


For being small


Because men are supposed to be the big ones


And women are small.




52 percent of you


Voted for Trump anyway!


Despite his small hands


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