Monday, October 03, 2011

For men, it is best to avoid women poets. Why? Women poets are man-haters. Read poetry by women and so often there are affronts to men. Why is this? There are many reasons. First, fundamentally, women don't like men. Men are stupid, for certain. When is the last time you read about or saw film of thousands of women carrying guns, knives, weapons of all sort charge thousands of other women into "enemy" canon or machine gun fire, yelling and screaming bloody murder, intent on total mayhem?

The woman with the mask, not claiming to be a poet, is learning how dopey men are.


3 comments:

Jeannine said...

Now, now. Women poets are not all man-haters. They may, however, hate specific men. And, well, men have historically done a lot of dumb stuff. But in order for men and women both to be fully human, both must be considered equally capable to evil and mayhem.

Tom said...

Jeanine, women poets hating men is a pattern I have noticed for many years. In some manner, the denigration towards men is a form of appreciation, or maybe a hope for change. Men poets criticize women as themes far less it seems to me, but possibly that is because men poets still objectify women too much. And agreed, women are capable of evil. (I also enjoy provoking people.)
So how are you? (I've had a three year hiatus from poetry; quite refreshing.)

Jeannine said...

I'm doing well! Hope you have enjoyed your hiatus!
Interestingly, I just posted something about the disadvantages young women have in the writing world when looking for mentorship - because of the gender bias and sexual harassment issues that are still pretty widespread in the writing world. There are plenty of good guys out there, but the bad ones seem to take up all the oxygen in the room sometimes. I try to represent both in my poetry. I hope you read my second book, the one that just came out -I think it's much more sympathetic towards the male characters - brothers, husbands, fathers - than my first book, perhaps because I'm a little older and feel less threatened? Interesting things to consider! I consider myself a champion of good men. I try to review their books, etc. But I think there's still a power imbalance in the world (more violence against women than men, fewer women President's - ahem, none - and fewer CEOs) that we need to address without sugar-coating it for the sake of being "nice girls," you know? But then, I do love the villainess...