Featured Post: Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies – Georgiann Carlson

I have a button that says
THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE
I used to wear it a lot
in order to counter the ridiculous idea
that FEMINISTS actually
HAVE A LOOK
I’m a
RADICAL FEMINIST
I wear make up
and sometimes I wear
pink
but I look like
a
woman
believing that you can tell
if a woman is a feminist
by what she’s wearing
is like saying that you can
tell if a woman is a teacher
by what she’s wearing
or if a guy is violent
by what he’s wearing
it’s nice
for some people
to put FEMINISTS
in a tiny little box
so they can
say that feminist are this or that
but those people
are the ones’ inside the box
blind and in the dark
I wish we could tell who they were
by what they wore
I bet their color would be
judgmental


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: What we’re told not to talk about – Georgiann Carlson

women aren’t allowed to tell the truth
about what happens to them
about their lives
about motherhood
about feeling trapped
raising kids
staying home
when they’d rather be out
living their own lives
about when men do to them
about how they feel
about inequality
about the never ending violence aimed at them
about hating the unfairness
they live with each day
women aren’t allowed to talk about
how insane the beauty industry is
and what they are expected to do
in order to stay young forever
how they disappear when they become older
how they are sometimes
forced to compete against each other
for men
in order to survive
women aren’t allowed to talk about
the way they are put down
for loving younger men
women aren’t allowed to talk about
the resentment they feel
when some men look at them
about how they are held back
lied to
overlooked
dismissed
unheard
underpaid
ignored
considered less
constantly labeled
left out of the decision making process
women aren’t allowed to talk
about having so much responsibility
when they want something else
they aren’t allowed to talk about
being thrust into the role of caregiver
or worrying about the safety
of their daughters
their children
about the insanity of life
about how men are destroying
the environment and
about the never ending killing
women are supposed to SHUT UP
and pretend as if everything is the way
it should be
when it’s NOT
Women aren’t supposed to talk

period

and if they do
they’re supposed to lie
because women are told not to talk
about anything that matters


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: Shrill – Georgiann Carlson

when women speak
and men don’t want to hear
what they have to say
they often label them
saying that they are shrill
that their voices
are high pitched and piercing
thereby dismissing their words

what label do we attach to men
when they raise their voices
in an effort to be heard
when no one wants to hear
what they have to say

is there a cutting
and negative label for them
or do we just say dangerous


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: How To Be A Woman– Georgiann Carlson

every brand new female is unique
and ready to grow into a perfect woman
in a world waiting to destroy her
piece by piece
bit by bit
day by day

the minute her gender becomes known
doors start slamming
one by one

then the rules are explained
YOU CAN BECOME THIS
YOU CAN BECOME THAT
BUT YOU CANNOT BECOME WHAT YOU COULD BE
IN FACT YOU WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO KNOW WHAT YOU COULD BE
FREEDOM IS NOT FOR WOMEN

you will be brainwashed into believing that motherhood is the ultimate goal in your life
which will make you less of a threat to the status quo and keep you out of the way and
POWERLESS
POOR
AND DEPENDENT

rely on your looks
and remember
you can always sell your body to survive
there are buyers everywhere
you will walk around half naked in shoes that slow you down and make you fall
while men will be fully clothed and wear shoes that allow them to RUN…after you

nothing is yours
you should be grateful for what you are GIVEN
for what males ALLOW you to have
for as long as they ALLOW you to have it

your body belongs to others
no laws will protect you
because you have no voice in what the laws say

you will be hunted
you will be controlled through violence
and poverty

do as you’re told
but don’t think that your obedience will protect you
grow soldiers for the state
inside your body
your children are simply fodder for the machine

speak softly
carry no sticks
don’t have opinions
don’t have ideas
don’t wish for things you can’t have

make excuses for the way things are
close your eyes and look away
pretend that none of the above has anything to do with YOU
that’s how to be a woman
in a male dominated
women hating society

Fortunately, a lot of women are like cats and do whatever the hell they want.


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

The Woman Warrior – Georgiann Carlson

females are born warriors
that’s how they survive
in a world that sees them
as prey

 


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: I know why the caged birds sing – Georgiann Carlson

the song of a caged bird
is the cry of a broken heart
a longing for freedom
for no living being
should be caged
if she has wings
to fly

 


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: The witches don’t burn in this one – Georgiann Carlson

witches don’t burn
witches are the flame

 


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life