the P word

it teaches men
that being
a man
means hurting
a woman
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means
taking it all
and asking for more

it teaches men
that being
a man
means forgetting
a woman’s needs
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means
becoming an object
for man’s imagination

it teaches men
that being
a man
means humiliating
a woman
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means
exposing herself
if she wants his “love”

it teaches men
that being
a man
means
violence and aggression
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means being
small and submissive
gagging and moaning

it teaches men
that being
a man
means being a hulk
a brainless erection
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means
tits and ass
and Brazilian wax

it teaches men
that being
a man
means “owning”
“his” woman
it teaches women
that being
a woman
means
giving up consent
if she wants his “love”

© Rylan Skelly, August 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo and I love all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between. I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns. I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse. I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with. And I am a doing being, just like you!

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