Abuse

I am no longer the
Steady thrum of heartbeats
When issues against women are
Comically displayed on televisions.
Like there’s something to
Laugh, guffaw, snicker, giggle–
But tell you what, I can name a little
Too many synonymous words
And I can slap them all to your face, too.

You see, she is no longer a suppressed voice,
Unable to tell you
That for all young girls,
You have the right to be here.
You have the same rights to life,
To be alive, to be secure,
To have a good life!
And yet you, in which you call yourself
Superior, tells her,
“You are nothing, go home.”

To see such rudeness from a person makes me very angry.
Because I am angry with the absurdity of it all –
That man continues to abuse their rights of freedom
And in return, women are frightened and scared —
So my question is “Why are you so intent on showing power over her…”
When you are not God?

So don’t laugh it off and make excuses.
Because I will not take any of that crap and nor will she.
I am a person of my own and so is she.
And I am a human being with rights and so is she.

The truth is, many people have no brains.
But for you girls, do not sit still on your couch
While the next police officer asks “Well, what were you wearing?”
To the next rape victim.
Because you and I both know that that is not the issue.

Believe me, when I say, no girl should hang their head in shame
Because they got touched without consent.
It’s not their friggin fault!
No one deserves to be raped (man or woman).
And no, it’s not snuggling, for you who
Even thought rape jokes on t-shirts are funny
Because it’s not!

I am for Gender Equality.
For both man and woman,
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
To be treated with equal respect.
With equal opportunities.
With equality.
With NO judgment.

And why must you counter that?
No man or woman should be victims of abuse
So why not fight?
No human being should live in fear.
So stand up, and smash inequality.
Because I stand for equality and justice for All.
So know that I stand right with you.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard