Posted by: MC | October 14, 2012

Writing as a Woman in a Body — to T Akin et al

I think it’s time to say ENOUGH!

I want to say that on two levels.   FIRST –> I and we (women and men) have had enough of you who persist in the archaic notion that you have dominion over women simply because of the differences in our genitals.  Really?

I know and understand from experience how difficult it is to have unearned privilege questioned.  It feels like you’re losing something – and you are – you’re losing an unearned and irrational sense of ‘me first.’

Here’s the deal.  You have body parts that are different from mine.  Not many, mind you – only your penis and testicles.  That’s pretty much it.

Body parts do not equal dominion OR authority.

Let’s try that again:  BODY PARTS DO NOT EQUAL DOMINION OR AUTHORITY.

So here we are.  You’ve emerged from centuries of men who have acted as if they were the best – in the West and elsewhere.  You never were, but you got off on (and got lots of stuff by) acting that way.  And too many of us went along with you happily snagging the goodies from your coattails – stuff and more stuff.  We’re not without blame, but lots of us are getting off the ride.  We’re seeing where the byproducts of dominion — the wars, corporate domination and climate change — are taking us.

Still – and I suppose it really shouldn’t be surprising – the weird sense persists among too many of you men-in-power that you’re somehow winning in all of this.

You’re not.

The air you breathe, the water your body depends on is going as fast for you as it is for all of the rest of us.  Arguably you’ll make sure to retain access to the last reserves, but you are being no less idiotic. You’re risking the life of an entire species (your own) and of every other animal and plant living on this planet.

Most of us still know you can grow up. You can get it that the we who are all-in-this-together includes you and your family and anyone else you may care about.  Many men have gotten this – but not enough of you who hold the most money and power – you who have access to public venues like, oh, the media you or your friends own and so readily exploit.

The really curious thing is that you persist with no apparent idea how ridiculous you look driving the entire human species to destruction just so you can have insanely enormous mansions, ridiculously expensive clothing and jewels for your wives, embarrassingly costly meats and wines for your friends.

In the end, your penis will have nothing to do with the survival of the species, but your persistence in privileging it is having everything to do with our needless demise.

Oh, and then there’s the second thing.

–> ENOUGH is what I am.

It is what all women and all girls, all over the world ARE.  We have never been less than enough.  And here’s the rest of the news.  That goes for men, too – for boys – for old men—for everyone.  Each and all of us have always been enough.

SO – Enough on the male domination routine — the intrusion in the lives of women through policy, through language, through home life, through war and competition, through toxic food, air, water and all other oppression in support of corporate profit.

I’m done.

And I am enough.

So are you.  So is every other person reading or related to anyone reading this blog – or related to them, or related to them.

Enough!

And keep listening.

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Responses

  1. YES!

  2. F^@* Mary… Love your rant; I wouldn’t have known when to stop because I would have mentioned male enhancement drugs!!!!

  3. Damn, Mary, Hell of a rant!


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