Academic journal article Hecate

The Language of Femininity

Academic journal article Hecate

The Language of Femininity

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The Language of Femininity

The language of femininity, when pushed to excess, when shouted and asserted, when disruptive and demanding, makes available to the woman an illusory experience of power, previously forbidden to her by virtue of her gender.

(Susan Bordo, 1997)

before there was work. now there is the street (in time to see women there) shops & parks at first I used to dress up (for work) to go out into the streets I was a clerk from 9 to 5 unimaginative but well-fitting credibility and earrings and fashionable shoes no floppy sandals for me I walked from a to b in direct routes because what's a man doing there? in the middle of the day and the lanes are only for thieves, now I've dyed my hair bright red. it's also far too long now for the manshadow is starting to lift (lift-off!) I walk anywhere, well, where it feels good anytime during the day we are allowed to be out before the night falls is that why working men want all of the night? the parks are of course the best of all the scent of the cultivated flowers and the cut grass remind me of baby-walks and my mother, young women walk their prams, I walk my poems, we smell the lovely trees and flowers and walk very slowly you have to with the littlelies and the old women do too pushing their walking-aids or shopping trolleys nothing has changed. …

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