The history of feminism and exclusion

Feminist revision of an anti-Nazi poem by Martin Niemöller

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          or “Who is a ‘Real Woman’”?

We’ve all, undoubtedly, become familiar with the poem that Pastor Martin Niemoller wrote in 1946.  I’ve reprinted it below for those not familiar, and to further fill you in, he was criticizing the nazis’ landgrabs and people “displacements”, and the “innocents” who stood by and did nothing because they felt it didn’t affect them.  And then directly below that is a “poem” I wrote, using the form and spirit of the original work.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.                           

Now for my revision:

First they kicked out the lesbians, and I did not speak out – because I was not a lesbian;

Then they kicked out the black women, and I did not speak    out – because I was not a black woman;

Then they kicked out the Hispanic women, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Hispanic woman;

Then they kicked out the Republican women, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Republican;

Then they kicked me out – and there was no one left to speak out for me.  

We’ll never form a voting bloc if we buy into the “divide and conquer” tactic.  Men, the minority in the world, are the vast majority in government.  We NEED to gain HUGE numbers of women in politics. 

So why are traditional feminists insisting that only the “right kind” of woman can be a feminist or be in government?   Why is it okay that males line the continuum from far left to far right, but women have to be the “right kind”?

Whose side are they on?  Who gave THEM the right to determine what a feminist is, or who can represent us in government?  Don’t let them confuse you – if Sarah Palin had been elected V.P., it would have been HISTORIC.

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