seen. not heard. obedient. unquestioning. confined. bound. safe? seen. not heard. controlled. authorised. approved. convinced. brainwashed? seen. not heard. afraid. unsure. reliant. complient. seen. herd. seen. heard. respected encouraged supported capable compassionate? seen. heard. innovative creative supportive confident critical. seen. heard. brave certain sane humane seen not herd.
Recently a well known, loved and respected, author tweeted And the response was one that rocketed humanity into a new heights of wtf. how did we get here…. There once was a time when things were what they were. It is what is. Accept it. Move on. Men are the Bosses. Well. White ones. And … More What if, what is and wtf.
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Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal. ? Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation? ? ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default…
A poem invoked by the words of Australian politician, Barnaby Joyce, in relation to the Abortion bill for nsw: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barnaby-joyces-argument-against-decriminalising-abortion-in-nsw-slammed-by-critics/news-story/26dbcdd8904845d072a7e4643377a488 “…he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another,” Is how politician, Barnaby Joyce , described birth and the role of the mother. More than … More From one room to another
“Don’t cry, it was only a joke.” Words spoken by a just-joshin’ bloke. “We’re just havin’ a laugh”…at your expense Say those who can’t see hurt in ‘nonsense’. Joking like this creates emotional distance As the Joker displays empathic resistance. A cheap shot, perhaps, unclever and crass, Accusing the target of being like glass … More Don’t cry, it was only a joke.
She was feeling over run, Had too much to do, And no one was there to help her, She wanted to shoot through, But upon her they were dependent She had to soldier on. Robot-like she functioned Sleep deprived and unsupported afraid to stop – she would be judged Maybe even reported. So on … More The Nervous Breakdown
“I’m off to consent Number three” Said the midwife on the busy ward. Checking her watch, she marched away. More checks on her arrival, in Number Three, A monitor thumped, a machine beeped And the midwife noted it all down. A man sat in the corner, of Number Three. Looking lost, worried and … More consenting number 3
A woman cheered and off she went In lycra, she rode away, Not far into her ride The Heckler Had something to say. He felt it was quite alright To sound his disapproval, He seemed to think his thoughts Needed our perusal. And so it was that others shared How The Heckler stole their power … More The heckler
Full Cream asks Won’t Somebody Think of the Fathers! And raises some excellent points, relevant not just to breastfeeding, but also to birth – and life in general. Women are consistently expected to step aside, to accommodate the needs of others – in this case, the father. The blog post was a response to an article … More Would you rather stand aside, or stand up?
There once was a dentist, honest and bold Who felt their story was best told As The trouble with consent, Despite good intent, Means uncertainty in how things unfold This is a story about tooth extraction. It tells a tale of a woman’s visit to a dentist, and the dentist’s need to obtain ‘informed … More Dis-Consent