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On Feminism...
by Sue Hess

Friday, January 20, 2006
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A one time poet here at AD and I used to go head to head about this word. Here is something I wrote back then and just stumbled across....

I was asked by a gentleman recently for
An explanation of feminism
He assuming I would have an explanation
Of course
I didnít
I looked up the definition in my dictionary
'A movement to win equal rights
For women'
Nothing new or frightening there
We have the equal right to love and be loved
To have and raise a family
Although I would defer
To men, the right to bear half the children
If possible
It seems only fair to share the joy
And the pain
In most families these days, we share the right
To earn a living
We share the right to pain, loss and bereavement
The right to worry about loved ones
In danger
The right to sleepless nights when our children
Are growing up too quickly
The right to tears and laughter
To sex and aging
To
Death, which comes to us all
Regardless of gender
I refuse to fight battles that have no meaning
There is equality in life
And there is
Unfairness
Between the sexes
As well as in every other aspect of life
But in my own life
I ask only to walk beside the man I love
Not behind him
Not ahead of him
Sharing
Not always equally
But equably

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/22/2006
Bravo....you rock sis!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/21/2006
Well said.

Felix
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/21/2006
I must have missed something, I didn't know we were still having a feminist crisis. I thought Pat Irland and the rest of the man-hating feminists had pretty much de-balled all us males in America, or at least they like to tell everyone that they have. I agree Sue, everyone should be equal, unfortunately it never is that way. A lot of marriages have a dominant female in charge of things, I know this is a fact because I was raised in a household like that. There will always be one who will be "more equal" in any given circumstance, no matter how much we say there isn't and it is NOT the male in many cases.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/21/2006
Sounds very fair to me.
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 1/20/2006
Sue,

I enjoyed this, glad you stumbled across it!
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 1/20/2006
a battle of unequal opposites when at last all seems assuaged i see it rise again for no v good reason but perhaps boredom saludos
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/20/2006
Naaa. Women really are the stronger sex.
Both are equal but in different ways..
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/20/2006
Familiar territory, Sue. Blessed Be.

Sage
Reviewed by Candy T (Reader) 1/20/2006
Spoken!
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