Midnight in the Garden of Misogyny

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He likes to call himself a feminist
Deep down he wants a trophy and a blow job
for not being a rapist
He sits alone on his own throne
of self-righteous indignation
Staring down blouses like static pages
In his mind they’re all sticky
In his mind they’re all picky
In his mind he’s just cautious
His heart broke once, twice shy
In this way perhaps..
This young man is quite precocious
It probably started with his own mother
And her uncanny ability to smother
But she had a deadbeat husband
And an abusive father
Her flaw to control every movement
Could be traced well beyond her
If he had ever taken time to bother

It’s been this way since the dawn
of time eternal
Man thinks he needs an Eve
to blame for his internal inferno
Jews, Christians, Hindus, atheists
Polygamists, monogamists
I know sensitive men who are misogynists
I know gay men who are misogynists
I know women who have misogynist tendencies
That have been imputed upon them
Older than racism, classism, ageism
And a thousand other false dichotomies.
And we wear them in our minds
More than we ever have bodily

Overcoming this, is the real forbidden fruit
Something he cannot produce
With politeness or mere bruit
See, he was I and I am you
And we can’t get better until we own what we do
And all that we don’t
All the ways we say we’ll be there
And we know that we won’t
All the ways we’re caged
And we long to be free
Locked from the inside
And only we hold the key
Mother, Lover, Sister, Friend
Forget those ancient myths about snakes and tres
You did not damn us
And you cannot set us free
But we need you, we need you
We need your help to see
Because it’s midnight in the Garden of Misogyny
And apples still don’t fall far from the tree

“I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument; also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty” (1 Timothy 2:8-15).

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