Deshara Suggs-Joe : a Feminist Speaks Through Poetry
As soon as they understand themselves to be female, little girls are told that they must me “seen and not heard.” From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, we women were told that our place was in the home, and that our worth was measured by how well we could “keep house.”
From the 1970’s to the 1990’s, we were told we had to be super women: not only were we expected to perfect the art of keeping house and caring for children, but we were expected to excel professionally as well.
In the 2010’s, we were encouraged to “cater to our man” by popular culture and social media, with the subtle warning that if we failed to do so, another woman would.
Who takes care of the woman, though?
Who caters to her?
Who makes sure that at the end of the day, when she removes her cape and super woman costume, that she feels appreciated for all that she must deal with daily as a woman in a misogynistic society?
Deshara Suggs-Joe is telling it like it is.
Take in the poem entitled “I Am Not a Grasshopper, You Are Not My Master.” below.
By: Danielle Dixon
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