Tempress, "Very interesting". Thanks...I take it you enjoyed the poem. Thanks for reading.
Jana, the poem is based on Valerie Solanas, the founder of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men). She was a feminist in the extreme. She did have a hard time with men, her father abused her and she was forced to work as a prostitute, to support herself.
I read parts of her SCUM manifesto, and as a man it is not easy to read some great quotes though. I was also at the Andy Warhol exhibition. I don't know whether my poem reflects her thoughts or not, this is the first time I have ever chosen to write from someone's else point of view who was a real person. I guess the driving force behind the poem is that Warhol did prints of icons such as Marilyn Monroe and made a load of duplicates of the prints. The whole image thing, to be able to mass-produce these great icons of Womanhood (well from a man's point of view).
Thanks for reading the poem, thanks for wonderful response.
Newswan, harder on women in Ireland? What they only have to milk the 50 cows 3 times a day, cook the dinner and do the housework. -Joking by the way. No I don't think women have it harder. Beside Valerie Solanas was American. I guess I am a male feminist, or a male lesbian (though part of me is full red blooded male). I guess I wrote about this because it is extreme, I tried to see things from her point of view.
Thanks for your comments, and for reading the poem. Below are two quotes from Valerie's manifesto.
"The male is a biological accident: the Y (male) gene is an incomplete X (female) gene, that is, has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples".
"He [the male] is trapped in a twilight zone halfway between humans and apes, and is far worse off than the apes because, unlike the apes, he is capable of a large array of negative feelings - hate, jealousy, contempt, disgust, guilt, shame, doubt - and moreover he is aware of what he is and isn't".
"I've been too honest with myself I should have lied like everybody else"-Richey Edwards
"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time".
"Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
What price now for a shallow piece of dignity"
Nicky Wire, A design for Life.
manic street preachers
"Rock 'n' roll is our epiphany
Culture, alienation, boredom and despair"