I wrote this for the first feminist poetry evening I organised at uni; looks awful on the page but I love reading it out:
Feminism for all.
Feminism for faces of fortune; faces of failure,
Not feminism for a few,
Not just for faces in frames; for famous feminists,
There are no forgettable feminists,
Our famous friends do not fade but
feminists for the future.
Feminists are not failures,
Feminists may frown at you for:
playing the fool, fighting
but feminists have fun too.
The frankness of feminism may scare you.
Feminism if the fable of the future
- not a façade but a fact.
Foes of feminism facilitate forward thinking; fact finding.
Factions foster thought but
faith in fundamentals is at the forefront.
The frightening goal of feminism:
feminism equals fairness and freedom.
Frightening thought indeed: freedom.
Fairness for all; not for a few.
Far- seeing thoughts-
Familiar thoughts under a frightening name.
The fright of family overthrow.
Feeling for family;
family faces do not run contrary to fighting for freedom,
for fairness- a fantasy of feminism;
A fantasy where women are not all fainting fairies,
a fairy tale where the princess rescues herself.
Feeding family or feminism? Well, no
equal pay enhances feeding family,
fairness is the foundation of a firm society.
Feminism is functional.
- a fascinating failure of fact.
But I have faith in fact finding, forward thinking.
There are many fallacies of feminism but
there is no fashion set,
Feminists wear what we flipping feel like
- not for flattery,
- not for feminine dignity,
Oh to fall from femininity,
but for ourselves; for me-
forgetting friend’s thoughts,
Abercrombie and Fitch fades but feminism fits.
Feminism is not a synonym for femme fatale,
Feminism is not for failures.
Nor is feminism for the far extreme,
for the forgotten cat lady without a fiancé.
Feminism is not for lesbians,
for the failed without a fella.
Feminism is not even just for females,
Feminism is fairness for all and all includes men,
Men should feel the need for feminism.
Feminism is not for the few;
Feminism is for you.