I could be your Sister,
I could be your Cousin,
I could be your Daughter,
I could be your Mother,
I could be your Aunt,
I could be your Grandmother,
I could be your wife/girlfriend/significant other,
I could be your friend,
I could be the girl next door,
I could be your boss,
I could be the homeless Woman,
I could be the girl on the street looking for a better way.
I could be all these things
For as a Woman
I represent all of these.
I ask you, “when you see a woman,
What is the first thing you think?”
Most people notice the attraction factor which judges
Their perception as they see the Woman as an object.
“She’s high maintenance”
“She’s hard to handle”
“Hit her and quit her”
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Yet it is subject to likes, wants, and desires.
True beauty goes beyond the outside shell.
True beauty comes from within.
The shell of the human body is like a car
And what really matters is under the hood.
The parts you do not see,
Unless you take the time to lift the hood
And see the mechanisms of power.
If I was not seen as
a prized possession,
something to own,
And instead seen as a human being,
Complete with experiences, feelings, and emotions.
Then you may start to see me as a Woman
And someone you can relate to.
We judge appearances, looks, hairstyles, fashion, and sexuality
And continually look for acceptance and reward
Diminishing our true selves just to fit in.
Our desire to compete and want what others want
Leads to mindless consumption and the desire
To be someone else takes us far from
Our natural state of self-enlightenment.
This leads us to worship those who we see as “better”
Then ourselves and not to delve deeply into who we really are.
You choose to see me based on your
Attitudes, values, and experiences,
But imagine seeing ME.
Not my face, or my body
But seeing me as someone you care about.
Would you treat your grandmother, mother, sister, niece, or Aunt
The way you are about to treat me?
Ask yourself what is the difference?
Why does one woman deserve your love and affection and yet someone you have never met deserves your judgement and disdain.
We are all related.
We are all one.
We are all the same.
We are unique cells in a multi-organed vessel
Called Mother Earth.
We need to find the love.
We need to find the peace.
We need to evolve and end the cycles of hate and war as war does not bring peace.
I want to be respected
As do most Women.
Those that do not want respect have been
Taught they do not deserve it.
They have submitted to their objectivity and cannot see
Their value and worth.
They do not have self-love and have not been taught to forgive
Themselves for the shame they feel for this submission
And repeat the cycle continually.
They have boundary issues and do not know what respect feels like.
Acceptance of self is of utmost importance,
Yet in this competition fueled, external reward filled,
Seeks acceptance form everywhere but self and within.
Respecting yourself and knowing what you need
Starts deep within and requires listening to your
Not the voice of others trying to program you with their own
conditioning and programming.
Your opinion is the only one that should matter to you.
Would you call your mother those names?
Would you point out all your grandmother’s faults to her?
Would you rape your sister?
Why would you do it to another woman?
See the sameness in them.
Respect the Feminine.
Women give life, they give comfort, they have wisdom/
Women have compassion and see the cycle that needs to
All Women have a right to be respected
In the way you respect your family members.
If we saw everyone as connected and family
We may be more willing to overlook what we do not understand
And make more of an effort to learn.