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

 

Vulvas.

 

With perfectly symmetrical penmanship that stated:

 

“PUSSY POWER”

 

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.

 

And

 

52 percent of you

 

Voted for Trump anyway!

 

Despite his small hands

 

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