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01 February, 2005

Upbringing

1.

Don’t fly kites,
Don’t play marbles,
Don’t climb trees.

Don’t play in the dirt,
Don’t play in the rain,
Don’t play in the sun,
Don’t play with boys.

Don’t jump about,
Don’t run around,
Don’t look directly,
Don’t laugh loudly,
Don’t ask questions,
Don’t have an opinion,
Don’t have a thought,

Just do as you’re told,
You’re a girl.


2.

Don’t cry,
Don’t snivel,
Don’t look at the ground.

Don’t run,
Don’t hide,
Don’t be a coward,
Don’t slouch,
Don’t be a wimp.

Don’t sing,
Don’t giggle,
Don’t play with dolls.

Don’t fail,
Don’t be weak,
Don’t drag your feet.

Just learn to be a man.
You’re a boy!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Aradhita said...

So true. And nicely put.
I enjoy your work quite a lot.
-Aradhita

02 February, 2005 11:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact!! even in so called 'progressive society '... and women reaching the moon

Loved it..

Susmita

02 February, 2005 12:06  
Blogger Geetanjali said...

As usual your verse speaks volumes in so little! It's no surprise to me that you excel with each verse of yours, no matter what the theme and subject may be!

03 February, 2005 09:29  
Blogger Abhinab said...

I wish more do's than don't and life never tells u do cause there are many don't to know. good one bye.
Abhinab Pattjoshi

03 February, 2005 19:14  
Blogger SloganMurugan said...

Australian Feminist Joyce Stevens in the early 1970's wrote:

WE ARE FEMINISTS

BECAUSE WOMAN's WORK IS UNDERPAID OR UNPAID & WHAT WE LOOK LIKE iS MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHAT WE DO & iF WE GET RAPED IT'S OUR FAULT & iF WE LOVE WOMEN IT'S BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET A REAL MAN & iF WE EXPECT COMMUNITY CARE FOR OUR FAMILY WE ARE SELFISH & iF WE STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS WE ARE LOUD & iF wE DON'T WE ARE tYPICAL WEAK FEMALES & iF WE WANT TO GET MARRIED WE ARE OUT TO TRAP A MAN & iF WE DON'T WE ARE UNNATURAL & BECAUSE WE AREN'T DEEMED RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO DECIDE iF, WHEN AND HOW WE WANT TO GIVE BIRTH ..

http://www.isis.aust.com/iwd/because.htm

04 February, 2005 16:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yuck!!!

06 February, 2005 15:56  

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