Women’s liberation

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Taking Refuge

It wasn't like this 
When they first shared a kiss
Her heart aches it.
He tells her she's weak
She's a failure, a freak
- And she takes it.

He tells her to say
That all is ok 
So she fakes it.
He shouts in her face
So that she knows her place
- And she takes it.

Is "cultural difference" an excuse for sexism? (in English and in French)

Originally published on Workers' Liberty's website.

There was a discussion at Workers' Liberty's 'Ideas for Freedom' discussion weekend in 2006 about 'The Left and Cultural Relativism'. The two speakers were Janine Booth and Peter Tatchell. These are the notes from Janine's contribution.

 

The Error of her Ways

She chatted online with her ex
- That's where she went wrong
- He showed her the error of her ways
Now she wears a long-sleeved dress

She spilt his drink and made a mess
- That was her big mistake
- She says she bumped into the door
You know how clumsy she gets

Become Not Women

In 1848, in response to the 300-strong Convention for Woman's Rights in Seneca Falls (USA) and its Declaration of Sentiments, a Philadelphia newspaper urged the city's ladies not to join the new movement and become women but to stay as "wives, belles, virgins and mothers". Here's my poetic response:

Feminist Solidarity Fest

06/09/2015 - 12:00

Janine will be

  • performing poetry 15:00-15:20
  • speaking about women in trade unions 17:00-17:20.

The event runs from 12:00 until 20:00 in Hackney Downs park, east London.

Others speaking and/or performing include:

Rabina Khan - writer, politician, former Cabinet Member for Housing and community worker in Tower Hamlets

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