Heteronormative Dictator a #poem

Did you fancy girls
When you were 13?
Did anyone try to say,
No you must be gay?

So you know better
Than the boy himself.
Your heteronormative
Privilege dictates
He has no right
To say who he is
Himself.

He must be confused.
How can anyone know
They are gay?
How did you know
you were straight?

How dare you
Dictate
His right to know
His own feelings,
His own desires.

Imagine yourself
At 13,
Those first awakenings
To your adult identity.
Your first crush,
Crushed

By the arrogance
Of those
Who see not
Your heart.

©Janey Colbourne 2017

Here is the spoken word version on my YouTube channel

Object Thinking

“When object thinking becomes part of us, it can imbue us with a subtle but pervasive sense of alienation and distance to the world. It can give us false hopes that the solutions to complex problems can simply be implemented and everything will get better. Of course we are not object thinkers all the time, but we are very good in day-to-day life in using object thinking to compartmentalize: We may treat our pet dog as a precious ensouled creature at home and carry out animal experiments in the lab. In many ways it is almost impossible to navigate in our world today without exercising some kind of compartmentalization.”

Craig Holdrege
in ‘Thinking like a Plant: a living science for life’

Referendum

Feeling a touch sarcastic today, the day the British people voted to leave the EU.

Referendum

Brexit
gonna fix it.
No tricks, we’ll kick
it into touch.
We’ll hold
onto our country.
We can mold it
how we want it.

So says Boris
Mr Bold.
Not really cold
or cruel.
We’re sick
of it,
we’ll kick
them out.

Let’s stoke it
cos they broke it.
It’s not us
that’s sick, no tricks
on us.
We’re not molded.
We’re not sold
or sick.

Brexit
won’t break it,
Will it?

© Janey Colbourne 2016

Beyond Enraged

In response to Charles Moore, who said in the Telegraph,

“You often hear of people being ‘trapped in poverty’, but it is also possible to be trapped in wealth. This is David Cameron’s fate.”

Beyond Enraged

I am beyond enraged.
I am in the cold steely
frost on the other side.
‘Trapped in wealth’,
unfortunate fate
has bestowed
a burden so great
they must carry,
the super rich.
The poor, poor rich,
engineer destiny
for the poor poor,
so undeserving.

© Janey Colbourne 2016

The Slavery of Stilettos

This article is written with utmost love and respect for all my friends, no matter what you wear on your feet!

My granny used to think my feet would spread if I didn’t wear a nice court shoe. How far did she think they were going to go? In the end she couldn’t wear flat shoes or go barefoot at all due to foreshortening of the calf muscle from a lifetime of wearing heels. Even her slippers had heels. How different is this to foot binding? Only by degree.

The stiletto shoe epitomises sado-masocism. It oppresses and imprisons the wearer, disabling them, causing pain and restricting movement. It forces them to walk daintily on their toes, as if afraid to put their foot down, tipping their body weight forward to unsteady them. How easily could you run from an attacker (or an abusive partner) or stand your ground in self-defence? Yet at the same time it displays aggression; a potential weapon, a spike to stamp down with; increasing the wearer’s height, and in those who have mastered it, a confident swagger. It is a form of power dress and of enslavement simultaneously, not unlike a studded collar on a dog. Think I’m overreacting? Try putting men in them for a week.

The corset was designed to constrict a woman’s breathing and movement, causing them weakness and fainting spells. It also compressed the abdominal organs. Foot binding in China prevented girls’ feet from growing and horribly disfigured and permanently disabled them. Fortunately recent generations have stopped the practice. FGM not only robs a woman of pleasure but can make childbirth much more difficult and potentially fatal. All these abuses were perpetuated by the women themselves on their own children, and change was strongly resisted by the older generations. In the words of Steve Biko, the greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. The instruments may change but the intention is the same. Those who challenge the status quo are mocked as militant. Sometimes the more subtle the abuse, the more insidious and persistent it remains, whilst we believe we are making a free choice. Think on.

© Janey Colbourne 2016