REVIEW: For Every Woman by Nancy R. Smith

FreedomWriter By FreedomWriter, 22nd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is my first page here at Wikinut... and my first article is about gender equality. Here's a by Nancy Smith entitled, "For Every Woman"

Q and A : Men VS Women

For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong,
There is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every woman who is tired of acting dumb,
There is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of “knowing everything.

For every woman who is tired of being called “an emotional female,”
There is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle

For every woman who feels “tied down” by her children,
There is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood.

For every woman who is denied meaningful employment and equal pay,
There is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.

For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile,
There is a man who was not taught the satisfaction of cooking.

For every woman who takes a step toward her own liberation,
There is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.

How do you describe her role as a woman at present?

Smith is saying that if a person is ruled, abused, or otherwise diminished, it will diminish all of us. To explain this she uses ‘women’ who have somehow been ‘put down’ and how although that may suit those in powers it also affects their lives and the rest of us whether we are men, women, boys, and girls, poor or wealthy. In this poem, it implies the relevance of women today. During the past periods, they were not recognized; they were probably just considered as weak, dumb, emotional, loser, slaves… but, through this, it clearly implies that every woman have showed worth in today’s time. In general, this is a poem of leveling the impression up of people (of man, of society).

How can the re-reading and re-interpretation of history from a feminist perspective focusing on gender and feminist themes within the state, institutions and policies that focuses upon both the public and private spheres of a woman's life argues that liberation can only be achieved by working to end both the economic and cultural sources of women's oppression?

Re-reading and re-interpreting the history definitely makes an individual to have a better view about women. It made one's mind to open in the eyes for every woman and put them in the shoe of the women race. More so, Boxer Rebe (an active blogger at Blog Spot), said that the poem by Smith is still very relevant thirty-five (35) years later, so much so that it is now being adapted for us children. We have so much farther to go in creating a truly gender neutral society. It is true that every parent should make sure that children must know that, whatever their gender is, they are free to express themselves however they want. Nowadays, both ladies and gentlemen, achieves the equality. Boys can wear dresses; girls can build with Legos and blocks. Boys can cook; girls can be good at math and science and boys should want to read. Girls should be competitive with the boys both academically and athletically and boys do not need to feel ashamed when a girl does better than them. Although a gender neutral society may never exist, every woman should continue to try and do their part to destroy the ideas of the traditional gender roles. We need to go beyond women are weak and men are strong and recognize that we are all strong at times and we are all weak at times. By these, our society will definitely have a better view about women.


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22nd Mar 2015 (#)

Yes I agree. I think it's still a very male dominated world, although women are getting noticed more in society, which is a good thing.

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