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We will stand

A poem about anger, about fire, about indomitable will, about truth.

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don’t tread on me
i am a woman,
but it does not mean that
i will submit to your
will;
i will be your worst nightmare
should you force me upon
that pedestal or into a gilded cage
too long have my wings been
clipped—
i perfectly understand
you feel women are beneath you
when you make offhand comments like
“grab her by the pussy”,
and i don’t care how long ago you made
that remark;
you’ve openly admitted you don’t treat
women well and flew off the handle if dinner wasn’t
made on time
or how dangerous women are to their employers
if they’re pregnant and how women shouldn’t be allowed
to work—
i’m angry
that people like you are allowed to exist,
and rape has become a culture
where the victims have to lock themselves up and the
perverts walk free;
i will always
fight
because there have always been men like you,
and you’re all wrong;
we deserve the right to exist and dream and do—
our ambitions and agendas aren’t lesser
because we’re women,
and simply because you fear our power doesn’t mean
you’ll ever crucify it.
– linda m. crate

 

Artists statement

“we will stand”  speaks of how I feel, and I how I think a lot of other women feel. We’re not simply sexual beings or mothers. We are every shade in-between, and we are so much more than what they want to allow. We are human beings and we deserve as much a right to follow our dreams and ambitions without being vilified.

SOURCEWritten by Linda M. Crate, Pennsylvania, USA
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Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of this series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her third poetry collection If Tomorrow Never Comes(Scars Publications - August 2016) was recently published. Her poetry collection Sing Your Own Song is forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series. I support Nasty Women who fight for the rights of others. I support Nasty Women because we have hearts and souls and use our minds to push against the unfair cruelty of society. We women have power, and we don't need to fear ourselves or each other as society does. I refuse to be stifled or stopped. I will always stand for what is right and true.

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