My mum wrote this poem about patriarchy and I thought it was great and asked her if I could put it up here. She said yes, do enjoy it!
Patriarchy, why are you so afraid of strong women,
Women with the heart to challenge you in the arena
Of words, or anywhere that your physical strength
Is of no significance? Why do you need to control
Women? Are they such a threat to you?
We are all, male and female, prey
To the patriarchs, they believe we must
Bow before their scathing, belittling
Words and deeds, their domination – No!
We will not be cowed into submission
Nor preyed upon by those who seek
Us out like missiles, homing in on us.
Our shield shall be the truth
That no woman or man owns another.
The spectrum of human nature is wide
For human beings no trait is purely male,
None solely female either. Forget
What has been passed down to you,
Start afresh, embrace equality for all.
Men and women cannot be owned by anyone
They are free. All women can be strong women
But not all realise their power yet, we who know
Our strength, must build up our unknowing sisters
With words of encouragement, and knowledge
Of the true reality of patriarchy, which tries to
Imprison women in the cage of a manufactured
And false femininity. Wake up sisters, from the dream
Be the women you were meant to be,
And you men who are awake to the fake superiority
That you have been fed from birth and ancestry,
Arise and join your sisters, help to free
Your brothers from patriarchy and false masculinity.
Patriarchs will not concede easily but injustice will not
Win the day, it will fail as long as we stay strong.
Justice will always triumph in the end and
Our words will remain long after we are gone.