One for all and all for one: Feminists & the Queer (Poem)


Equality does not discriminate. 
The rights of the woman or man 
Or the queer one’s fate 
Is not for the supreme power 
To calculate. 

There is need to educate. 
Being born as a girl 
And not a boy, does not make you inadequate. 
Being queer is natural, 
It’s not a joke or illness, so don’t humiliate. 

We must contemplate. 
Why the queers are not allowed 
To procreate. 
They also can’t marry or parent 
Lest they contaminate? 

Accept, don’t differentiate. 
Let her race wearing her spikes
Or lead in her heels in a corporate
She can choose to marry or not
Or celebrate her same sex soul mate.

Recognize talent that’s innate. 
Why stare at her assets 
Or laugh at his effeminate voice to subjugate? 
Equal pay for equal efforts 
Should be a basic mandate. 

Victory is but a stalemate. 
Misogyny and Homophobia 
Reduce us to slave state. 
The same traditions and customs 
Also make you suffocate. 

Time to embrace and liberate. 
Aren't we all
Just as ‘queer’ as we are straight? 
Ditch the binary. Adopt the plural. 
Let us give our gender norms an update. 

We won’t yield. So don’t dominate. 
We are unified against oppression. 
We won’t let you manipulate. 
Feminists and the Queer- we have but one aim, 
Patriarchy, soon you shall disintegrate.

The destination of a Feminist and the LGBTQ+ community is the same, then why should our journeys be different?

Note: When I use the word queer in quotes, I refer to it being strange or odd. But when I use it without quotes, I refer to the umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual and/or not cisgender.



Comments

  1. What I liked best about the poem is the understanding that there's something "queer" in all of us ... And there is no point in defining a fixed normal. Lovely writing and thoughts.

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  2. Anonymous8:29 am

    This is superb. Poetry is such a great tool for saying so much with few words. I love ''ditch the binary adopt the plural" and also we all are queer. This is brilliant, Ashwini!
    Priya from priyreflects

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    1. Thanks Priya. I have been wanting to write about this for a while. Glad I got this opportunity.

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  3. We truly need to understand and appreciate the fact that all of us are different. And we must understand that just because someone's lifestyle or preferences or orientation, or natural discourse is different, we need not shun them. It is such differences that add vibrancy and 'humanity' to the human race.

    Great topic for a poem.!

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    1. Truer and wiser words haven't been spoken!

      Thanks for the visit and for sharing your beautiful thoughts. :) :)

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  4. brilliant ashwini. you are truly the voice of women.

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    1. Oh no...every woman like me must have her own voice. I am just humbly putting my honest opinions out there. Thanks for the appreciation. :)

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  5. "Ditch the binary. Adopt the plural. Let us give our gender norms an update" - very powerful lines Ashwini. Good one truly!!
    -Surbhi

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    1. I just want more people to realise the commonality in the LGBTQ and Feminist struggles. At the end of the day all of us want equal rearesp. We must support one another.

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  6. What a powerful and heart touching poem!

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  7. Beautiful words, Ashwini! I feel for this community. I met a nice bisexual man in my early 20s. When I told him, "You are the first gay man I have ever met," he said, "I am sure you have met many before me. But, yes I might be the first one you know of." One out of 3 people are bisexual, that is not a small figure. It's time we gave them their due.

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    1. Wow. Didn't know the stats. Shocking. But even if there was just one gay person in the world we should still allow him or her to live life on their terim right? Thanks for sharing your story Anshu.

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  8. Yes indeed we must stand together to overthrow the yoke of patriarchy for its roots run deep and spread far. Well said, ditch the binary and unite against all forms of bigotry.

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    1. Thanks Kanika for your support . Yup we need to throw Patriarchy out. And there is so much more strength in numbers. More on that tomorrow :) . Hope to see you tomorrow as well.

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  9. Superb Ashwini. Loved it. You said it with elan.

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    1. Thanks Meha so much for the visit and comment.

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  10. We cannot reply a poem with prose - I sound weird as I am trying to tell you how much I loved you lines "Aren't we all
    Just as ‘queer’ as we are straight?
    Ditch the binary. Adopt the plural.
    Let us give our gender norms an update. " - binaries kill, what we need is to change minds in favour of diversity which is far more difficult than changing laws.

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    1. Thanks Kathakali for your kind words of encouragement. I really appreciate it. Another example of how we are all the same...if that everyone who has read this blog post writes about the same lines that has touched them. The following are the lines I truly believe in - the reason why the system is flawed:
      Victory is but a stalemate.
      Misogyny and Homophobia
      Reduce us to slave state.
      The same traditions and customs
      Also make you suffocate.

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  11. "Just as Queer as straight" - yes dont we all have eccentricities which would seem bizzarre to others? Then why differentiate amongst others and not put yourself there too? Why discriminate in the first place? Why not just give acceptance to the difference as something Unique!!
    Well expressed poem Ashwini - I loved how the beat of the poem is so constant in reading every line.

    P is for Princess Diaries #atozchallenge

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    1. Thank you Shalini for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts. I have the same questions you ask...and I don't get how people can't just follow the 'Live and let live' philosophy.

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  12. You have so many great lines here Ashwini and such a powerful poem.

    Like everyone else here I loved the lines 'Arent we all just as queer as are straight?' That stanza is so powerful and captures the essence of your message.

    As you have rightly said, we do need to be accepting, not differentiating😊

    Another gr8 post Ashwini. Keep going strong

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    1. Thanks Namratha. :) I chose to write this as a poem because I felt it would be stronger. And I guess I 'm really inspired by writers like you. So when you come and share such positive words...gives me courage to write more.

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