Poem: Angry Feminist Bitch Rant

Young boys in the shape of men
still learning how to speak
say words like ‘rape’
when the word ‘kiss’
would have been more
appropriate
when talking
about a woman they like.

And why do they like her, anyway?

It can’t be for her suggestions —
the same ideas spoken
by male colleagues
are taken more seriously.

It can’t be for her body —
they criticize it
with phrases like
‘too hairy,’ ‘too fat,’
or ‘smelly perfume.’

It can’t be for her words —
they are deaf to those
especially
‘no.’

It can’t be for her autonomy
her attempt to control who she sees
her own fate
her own body
her own life.

Dear young boys in the shape of men,
why pretend you love women
when you only love
the idea of ‘woman’?
Why complain about the
high pitched, screechy voices
you won’t listen to?

When those voices
claw you apart with their screams
you’ll knock them down
toss them aside
call them hysterical or crazy
then go back to playing in your man cave
until you need clean laundry
and a hot meal
from Mommy.

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