When I’ll Stop Talking About Feminism

I will stop talking about feminism

when women get paid as much as men

when women don’t get fired for being pregnant

when female politicians get asked real interview questions

instead of what clothing designers they like


I will stop complaining

when women’s bodies are not public property

to be sold, packaged, consumed, and thrown away

when there are no separate aisles for girl toys and boy toys

marketing superheroes and science kits to boys

and makeup and Barbies to girls


I will stop talking about feminism

when people realize

a girl who plays football is not a dyke

a boy who plays with dolls is not a faggot

a woman who speaks her mind is not hysterical

a man who treats women right is not whipped


I’ll shut my whore mouth and get back to the kitchen

when more than 3% of rapists spend a day in jail

when nobody asks what the victim was wearing

when no woman in any part of the world is forced to marry the man

or is publicly executed for dishonoring her family


I will stop talking about feminism

when child marriage and female circumcision are things of the past

when young girls are not shot for going to school

or fined, harassed, or beaten for not dressing modestly

when women in all four corners of the world

can safely leave an abusive environment

and have support and safe havens waiting for them


So yes, I’ll hop off my soapbox

when gender is not an obstacle,

an adversary, a pre-existing condition,

or an incentive to harm or oppress,

and not before


– Särah Nour


About writingforrecovery

Sarah is a writer and poet who speaks out about issues that make people uncomfortable. Sarah advocates for causes such a sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness, and often speaks openly about her own experiences. She is determined to abolish the stigma associated with these issues and believes that it starts with people telling their stories, so she started a blog called Writing for Recovery where people can do just that. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and is currently at work on her fourth. She is convinced that there's a novel somewhere in her, and occasionally picks at the chapters so far. View all posts by writingforrecovery

One response to “When I’ll Stop Talking About Feminism

  • Tony

    Wow that’s quite a rant! As the father of two intelligent fiesty girls I know where you’re coming from keep it up poet!

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