The Double-Edged Sword

I wrote the following poem based on the attitude and mentality of many people in regards to feminism and women in mainstream North American, Arab and Muslim communities. The below poem is inspired from personal experiences as a Muslim & Palestinian-Canadian woman, along with knowledge that I am exposed to.

Note: I realize that there is a multiple range of perspectives and my poem is not intended to generalize a whole group of people or to reduce the diversity of opinions and cultures.

“The Double-Edged Sword”

They bury
our minds
and
bury
our history;
lie
about liberation
as they
compare
us
to women
from other
nations.

Yet where
is liberation
with a
glass ceiling
that won’t
shatter
above us
while
we remain
under-represented
and
our histories
unspoken?

Our bodies objectified,
our ideas ostracized,
our emotions denied,
our experiences trivialized,
our choices scrutinized,
and yet
they
speak
of liberation.

And when
they
indeed speak
of liberation,
they invisibilize
many women.

Where is
their inclusion
of
women of colour,
of women of faith,
of trans women,
of queer women,
of disabled women?

And do
some
from
other nations
that speak
of women’s
liberation
truly seek
emancipation?

They counteract
Western patronization
with only
further transgression.

How can
they denounce
Western objectification
while they
themselves objectify?
Comparing
women to
objects
and
only validating
the
male gaze
is objectification.

How can
they claim
that
feminism
is merely
a
Western convention
while ignoring
the history
of
feminism
in their
very nations
and
reduce
women’s
existence
and self-worth
to marriage
and
children?

They teach
families
to shame
and
to police
their daughters
that make
their
own choices.

They ignore
their
holy scriptures,
while claiming
that women
are polluted
with inventions
yet liberation
for women
is encouraged
in their
scriptures.

Regardless
of location,
all I see
is subjugation.

No matter
how “conservative”
or “liberal”
or “religious”
or “atheist,”
patriarchy is
a
double-edged sword.

It
has many
faces
and yet
we
seek
to polish
images
and reputations
rather than
our minds
and souls.

Patriarchy is the double-edged sword.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s