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Poem: "Birthshaking Changes"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from lb_lee and Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read more about Margaret Sanger and Emma Goldman online.


Birthshaking Changes


Margaret Sanger was an activist,
a sex educator, and a nurse.
She coined the term "birth control,"
opened the first birth control clinic
in the United States,
and established Planned Parenthood.
She started a monthly newsletter,
The Woman Rebel.

Emma Goldman was an anarchist
imprisoned several times
for inciting people to riot
and illegally distributing information
about birth control.
She founded the anarchist journal,
Mother Earth.

They were among the first,
but they would not be the last,
to fight for women's right
to own their own bodies
and have the final say in deciding
what should happen therein,
or not.

They and their allies launched
the reproductive rights movement
which brought birthshaking changes,
tearing apart two things
that had formerly been united
since the beginning of time:
sexual pleasure and procreation.

They moved the cheese out of the mousetrap,
and everyone went apeshit over it.

It's all so much storm and angst --
if there is a God,
why give us brains and expect us
not to use them?
if there is no God,
then why have brains and science
and not use them?

Say cheese.
Say cake.
Say cheesecake.
And you don't have to
bake anything in your oven

unless you want  to.

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From: technoshaman Date: November 8th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
if there is a God,
why give us brains and expect us
not to use them?


Can I get a "HELL YEAH"? Been saying that for a long time now.
siege From: siege Date: November 8th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The knowledge of good and evil is a fracturing of innocence. But not all knowledge needs to touch on that break!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 9th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I think it's the choosing of evil -- whether personally, or seeing other people do it -- and not just the knowledge. The awareness of good and evil, right and wrong, is a very early part of children's consciousness. It's the nuance and foresight that take time to develop.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 9th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you share that perspective.
starcat_jewel From: starcat_jewel Date: November 10th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
They moved the cheese out of the mousetrap,
and everyone went apeshit over it.


That is such a perfect description that I don't have words for how perfect it is. And you can still hear some of them going apeshit today -- those are the ones who insist that having children is a PUNISHMENT for having sex, one that women should not be able to escape.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 11th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>They moved the cheese out of the mousetrap,
and everyone went apeshit over it.

That is such a perfect description that I don't have words for how perfect it is. <<

Thank you!

>> And you can still hear some of them going apeshit today -- those are the ones who insist that having children is a PUNISHMENT for having sex, one that women should not be able to escape. <<

Yes, and they don't want to punish the penis people, who more often decide whether sex is had and whether protection is used. So that's obviously bullshit right there, and they can just fuck off with it into the land of unelected ignominy.
rowyn From: rowyn Date: November 12th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the final three lines. n_n
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 12th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
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