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quarta-feira, 26 de agosto de 2015

Men are destroying the world.


Separatist (1984)
by Caryatis Cardea

what i am thinking will never be forgiven:
men are destroying the world
should they discover my heresy
and they do, a little more each day
it would not be condoned
i say to my sisters: men are destroying the world
and my sisters say: it is not men who have done this
they are not alone to blame
it is caste and class
it is nation
it is religion and race
and i say:  who has done these things
not a one is organic, rising like lava
each has been planned carefully
and executed
executed i say
maimed raped murdered
poisoned drugged buried alive
raped
and my sisters say:
gender is nothing
it is culture and the role of mothers
the exploitation of labor
it is not men
and i say to my sisters:  i know what i believe
that every crime has a perpetrator
and every criminal has a victim
and i do not speak of laws written down by men
but of ethics so cosmic
they are of the very stuff which holds
the world in balance
and they
and we
the womyn
are violated
every moment of every day
year after year
for centuries
and i say to my sisters: men are destroying the world
and my sisters say
coalition androgyny
unity
we must all work together
because
men
some men
may be destructive
but they can be healed
they are only the later form
of little boys poorly trained
in a culture
whose root and purpose
we will not name
and i say to my sisters:
caste yes and class and religion
heterosexism and hatred yes
of queers and jews and dark skinned people
fear of nature
animals slaughtered and held captive
magic banned
and the love of womyn by womyn
abhorred and outlawed
war and the weapons of war
prison and the tools of torture
these things i will not forgive
languages obliterated with their cultures, and sometimes their people
radiation and chemical dumps
land laid waste, minds laid waste
the hunger of millions
a prerequisite of society
the domination of children a necessity of power
the slavery of womyn a deep and primal desire
confinement intimidation genocide
starvation rape torture incest terror
pain poison terror rape
rape
and we scream in the night
and we agonize in the day:
who has done these things
and i say to my sisters
men are destroying the world
and my sisters say:
no
there are institutions
beliefs and prejudices
we must struggle to erase
we can stop their institutions
but we need not confront
the ones who built them
and want them
and profit from them
and love them
and rebuild them
and rebuild them
and rebuild them on our bodies
but no, 
my sisters say 
it is not men
not men
not men
and i say
to my sisters
but it is

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