Contradictions

Contradictions

A Poem by Ben Barton

Can I speak to you honestly?
Human to human?
Each day, now, I wake up
And thank God I'm not a woman

I have been spared 
From an endless struggle
Spared from contradictions
You're expected to juggle

Love yourself, the way you've been made!
But your thighs are touching, try losing some weight
Don't wear all that make up, you're naturally beautiful!
But you look so tired, you should sleep, you look awful
Do what you love, go chase that career!
But what will your kids do if mummy's not here?

Take a closer look,
Let's delve a little deeper
Double standards are draining,
But this gets far more sinister

Celebrate your body, your body is art!
But cover it up, please, you know how boys are
Step out and be bold, confidence is a must!
But show a little skin, appeal to his lust
Dress how you want, boys shouldn't care!
But when you're attacked; well, what did you wear?

I thank God I'm not a woman,
They're far stronger than I
Putting up with the world's contradictions
And still having the strength to ask why

© 2016 Ben Barton


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I'm sure this must've won you the hearts of EVERY woman who reads it! You've hit on some very salient points here, while keeping it lighthearted & with a bouncy rhythm. Your examples make everything easy to visualize & are well-selected. This is one of the best ones I've read this week. Thanks for your sensitivity & understanding.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ben Barton

4 Years Ago

I've noticed more and more the ridiculous double standards the media (and thus culture) have been pl.. read more



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True , women are faced with all sorts of contradictions, live up to unrealistic expectations. Lovely write.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Wow, very well executed write here! I like how the flow of the piece speed up closer to the end making it feel more urgent and emphasized. Your point too is very well delivered and I thank you for being man enough to consider a woman's point of view. This is going in my favorites so thank you for that.

Posted 4 Years Ago


I'm sure this must've won you the hearts of EVERY woman who reads it! You've hit on some very salient points here, while keeping it lighthearted & with a bouncy rhythm. Your examples make everything easy to visualize & are well-selected. This is one of the best ones I've read this week. Thanks for your sensitivity & understanding.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ben Barton

4 Years Ago

I've noticed more and more the ridiculous double standards the media (and thus culture) have been pl.. read more
This poem is going into my favourites. I love it. No need to explain why, as a feminist, it goes without saying. Not just the content but the execution is awesome. Good rhyming scheme too, I've basically given up on rhyming schemes in my poems because I'm so abysmal at them. That's not the case here though ;) Dis here is some tiiiiight shiiiiiit.

Posted 4 Years Ago



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Ben Barton
Ben Barton

Hereford, Herefordshire, United Kingdom



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