Till It Happens to You


At this year’s Oscars, Lady Gaga and a stage of Sexual Violence Survivors took a stand for all the victims, with her anthem which became the theme for the documentary “Hunting Ground” about sexual violence on college campuses.

 

 

 

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A Woman’s Issue

 

The woman in the spiked device that locks around the waist and between

the legs, with holes in it like a tea strainer

is Exhibit A.

 

The woman in black with a net window

to see through and a four inch

wooden peg jammed up

between her legs so she can’t be raped

is Exhibit B.

 

Exhibit C is the young girl

dragged into the bush by the midwifes

and made to sing while they scrape the flesh

from between her legs, then tie her thighs

till she scabs over and is called healed.

Now she can be married.

For each childbirth they’ll cut her

open, then sew her up.

Men like tight women.

The ones that die are carefully buried.

 

The next exhibit lies flat on her back

while eighty men a night

move through her, ten an hour.

She looks at the ceiling,listens

to the door open and close.

A bell keeps ringing

Nobody knows how she got here.

 

You’ll notice that what they have in common

is between the legs. Is this

why wars are fought?

Enemy territory, no man’s land,

to be entered furtively,

fenced, owned, but never surely,

scene of these desperate forays

at midnight, captures

and sticky murders, doctors’ rubber gloves

greasy with blood, flesh made inert, the surge

of your own uneasy power.

 

This is no museum.

Who invented the word love?

 

—————–Margaret Atwood, feminist author and poet

Author of the Handwife’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Till It Happens to You

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    A powerful performance!!

  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Just to let you know …. the video doesn’t play. IF you got it from the Oscars, the took it down bc of copyright. Question …. what exhibits are you referring to? Hugs …. the performance was powerful!! ❤

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