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Yes, I Have A Penis

Do not assume (if I hold the door for you),
that I am making a statement
about your inabilities
to open the door for yourself.
If you hold it for me,
I'll say 'thankyou'.

Do not assume (if I pay for the meal),
that I am underestimating
your earning capacity
as a woman.
If you invite me out for a meal,
you're paying.

Do not assume (if I defend your rights),
that I am belittling
the attempts that you have made
to defend your rights yourself.
If you defend my rights,
I'll consider you human.
Inspired by my female tutor, who told me that, as a male, I had no place arguing in favour of women's rights.
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~Superiorflowerpower -- Yes, I Have a Penis.

So what? ( Featured by fllnthblnk )
i saw the title and i was a bit skeptical at first, but then i read on and this was a point well proven 
oasiaris 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly agree with the third one. The more feminist people there are the better. Feminism fights for equality, so we need all genders to fight. The first two though are a little more complicated, since these are often seen as habits that are part of benevolent sexism. Benevolent sexism represents evaluations of gender that may appear subjectively positive, but are actually damaging to people and gender equity more broadly (e.g. the ideas that women need to be protected by men or that men aren't fit to take care of children). If you just expect the person who invites the other to pay, that's great, but it's seen negatively because usually it's the man no matter what. So while holding the door for people and paying for a meal are great and nice things that you should definitely keep doing, it shouldn't be the norm for only one gender to do so.

TLDR; I agree with the poem but the first two are a little more complicated than you might think
RandomAcronym 3 days ago  Student Interface Designer
Ya the first two points come off wrong to me mostly because I read it with a "so shut up about it" vibe, but the last point and the description deflates that implied subtext quite well. 
oasiaris 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Way to prove a point ! The world needs more people like you. And I guess you disagree with your tutor...
it's less of a poem and more of a statement. Fair point raised though.
dolby-surround 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gee, some women can't understand that's all about being nice to each other.
ianvicknair 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
really??? im sorry but this is pathetic
man, having no penis sucks dick.
While surfing through the comments, I've noticed a lot of different opinions and interpretations, both negative and positive.  Whatever you're opinion of this poem's quality or message is, you are perfectly allowed to state it, but at least respect that everyone else is entitled to one too, as is the poet entitled to theirs. There are too many people on the internet who have forgotten how to be civil while debating, and so if you feel the need to argue at least try to not be one of those people who have no idea what they're talking about. And I fully believe every one of you can manage that.

I am not going to state my own opinion here however, for I do not want to strike a up conflict and I am going to say right now that even if I did offend you, that was in no way my intention. I just tend not to think about what I'm saying sometimes. But if that is the case, then I do apologise, however I will refuse to debate any further on the matter.


A work of art is meant to be thought-provoking and is always up to interpretation.

Just saying.
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