The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... the world in a word rant poem

Women and girls are under attack worldwide--Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and even here in the USA.  For instance, during last week's vice-presidential debate, Rep. Paul Ryan vowed to take decisions about abortion rights away from "unelected" judges and put them back in the legislature where they belong. 

Given all of this, Merimee Moffitt's piece does not seem so much a "rant" as it does a loud cry for pride and justice.

the world in a word rant poem

raise yr hand if yr a feminist—okay!
once considered a radical notion—
feminism is again a dirty word (outside this inner sanctum)—
that’s propaganda like “you need a hummer” or
gloria’s fish needs a bicycle
feminism is four syllables rich, not some puny expletive!

feminism rolls off the tongue like fertility and flirtiness
the silt and sand of the Nile, the hot sun of New Mexico chiles
but “uterus envy”? kind of a clunker—the root of misogyny
waving its wand at you and me—get back, Rosa; get down from that
glass ceiling; Hilary—know yr place, nut cracker

Uterus envy schools women into ridiculing ourselves
a five-syllable pre-emptive strike
from those who would have us
silent, compliant like when good girls
didn’t tell—when good girls didn’t
ask why we paid with our lives
to be his wife

women with voice and confidence are feminists now
our wailing sirens lure, our hair entices yet
feminists do not deny a right choose
anyone’s right to ambition
power pricks trick girls into belittling themselves—
advertising the vagina as empty space
no one home? a nothing until
his presence and only his presence his fleshy key the only key?
feminists can’t stay in Rapunzel’s tower pining away
wasting their days “Oh, oh, where is my darling prince?”
—back then women coined the motto “Fuck Housework”

not literally sex with door knobs and broom handles, unless, of course . . .
Let me deconstruct for you—toilets and washing machines
are not a life’s worth of fascinating
pick up your own damn socks was the first step, honestly—ask your moms—
males were dropping socks n underwear all over America
until feminists said “No! No more!”
The little lady’s job description was to clean up his shit, so lots of us
stopped being little and stopped being ladies, and stopped with the nice;
feminism brings us “she” and “her,”
women in text books, title IX—
feminism demands my body is mine—
keep your creepy translations of the Bible
out of my womb please and off of his ass—
what a place for the Bible for god fucking sakes
God likes sex, by the way—she invented it!
I grew up with girdles and garter belts
uncomfortable bras, principals/bosses
patting yr ass
no domestic violence laws
—we’re not so far
from the Burkas, the chadors
we’ve come a short way, sisters, in 50 years—
job for job, hers & his, seventy-eight cents on the dollar,
come out of the closet and join the feminist world
revel in womanhood: womanist, feminist, liberty
justicia—proud words
our hope for the future, our world in our words
¡que vivan las femenistas!




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Comment by Jules Nyquist on October 14, 2012 at 9:29am
Well said Merimee!
Comment by Merimee Moffitt on October 14, 2012 at 9:39am

This is an older poem--maybe 09, but I felt like it needed to get out of the drawer again for a while.  Thx Jules

Comment by Aileen O'Catherine on October 14, 2012 at 11:12am

The religious right is this country's Taliban, nothing less. Women taking charge of their own bodies is a fundamental right and we thought this fight had been fought and won. Thank you for bringing this up, and reminding everyone of the importance of this issue. Let's hope women vote with their personal freedoms in mind in November.

Comment by Izquierdo on October 14, 2012 at 1:11pm

This is incredibly good. I'm glad you re-posted it. The message is for today and especially for this election cycle. It's powerful, yet just humorous enough in a couple of places to make me smile. But that's not what it is about. It has taught me a couple of things I had never thought of before. You are right, Ditch Rider. It's no rant, It's an edict, maybe. It should "go viral" as they say, read before the legislature.

 ¡que vivan Rosa!, ¡que vivan Hillary! y ¡que vivan Merimee Moffitt! 

Comment by Rich Boucher on October 14, 2012 at 1:36pm

"feminism demands my body is mine"


Indeed. Nice work, Merimee. I read this poem and I think to myself how nice it would be, how nice it would have been to see Sandra Fluke walking up to whoever it was that told her that she couldn't say the word "vagina", and leaning forward and giving him a strong, open-handed slap right across the mouth. Sending him pitching off of his leather chair. His shocked, fearful and frightened eyes widening as he looked up at her from the floor. His paunchy, republican belly trembling and shaking like so much unsexually-attractive, paleolithic Jell-O. Such a beautiful visual. Making him absolutely terrified of ever even THINKING about trying to limit the rights of women again. Yes, I think that women should bring terror into the lives of men who would try to limit their rights. Time's up. 

Comment by Margaret Randall on October 14, 2012 at 2:55pm

We need lots of poems like this one, and hopefully as good! Thanks, Merimee.

Comment by JeSais on October 14, 2012 at 4:01pm

amen!  or should I say awomen!  we need to take back the word "feminist" 

Comment by Merimee Moffitt on October 14, 2012 at 7:20pm

Thanks for the comments all--@Rich, the thing is, women have to solve all their issues and world issues without the knocking upside the head.  We must do it with the vote, with education, with art and voices open and fearless everywhere.  Participation!  But I know what you mean, Rich.  It used to be that when a woman teacher  got married, she had to retire from teaching because it was assumed she'd be pregnant soon and little boys would have to see her pregnant belly.  Our issues keep looping back to a fight for power. For women it boils down to basic rights and equality.

@ Jennifer, I think maybe I need to sign my name, Merimee Moffit, Feminist

Comment by Dee Cohen on October 15, 2012 at 5:19am

Great thoughts Merimee. I think people forgot how things have changed over the recent years and think they don't need feminism now in this country. You said it with piss & humor. Perfect combo. Dee

Comment by Rich Boucher on October 15, 2012 at 6:40pm

"Rich, the thing is, women have to solve all their issues and world issues without the knocking upside the head."




Also, in my passion, I got my facts wrong. I alluded to Sandra Fluke, but I was thinking of Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown who was banned from speaking at the Michigan House of Representatives for uttering the word "vagina". It was Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas who ruled that Lisa's use of the word "vagina" violated House decorum. He is the one who deserved a smack right across his mouth for barring her (Lisa). 


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