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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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Given 2009-03-08
~Superiorflowerpower -- Yes, I Have a Penis.

So what? ( Featured by fllnthblnk )
RickRMorlet Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  New Deviant
im offensive and find this feminist. i give you a llama anyway 
PervertBunnies Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
2 inch
docheli Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
So true. Feminism is good overall, but women need to understand that what men do is not usually a sexist statement
Nightshade678 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love what you write here. The way I see it, some women just aren't grateful that men, or anyone else, would open a door, pay for a meal, or even defend them. As a woman, it makes my day when my guy friends do these very things and much more for me and my other girl friends. I commend you! :D
noirbloome Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Jess2Lucky Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD, i absolutely love this. bravo, man, bravo.

lmao, it's sad that we live in a world where this poem is a necessity.
docheli Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with you. But I don't think feminist are that bad either. Its just that women have been treated unfairly for a long time, and sometimes need to overcompensate, but this sometimes just gets to be a little to much overcompensation.
Jess2Lucky Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
true, true. i think it's one of those things that will always be around (like racism) no matter what changes are made. you know, we always want better for ourselves.

but i agree; i don't think all feminists are bad. like every group of people, there are the good, chill people, who are genuinely striving for a peaceful change, and then there are the extremists. the feminists who are simply striving for gender/sex equality (i don't know what the hell we're calling it these days, so many freaking labels to keep track of) are the ones i'm alright with, and dare i say, support.
docheli Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
So true. Almost anything is good as long as it doesn't go to far.
TheDarkGallade Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
me to and I'm a feminist
NayaWhovian1016 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this poem... So many people think that feminism is about saying that women should be treated better than men and that women are superior, but as a feminist, I personally feel that all feminism really says is that all people, male and female, ought to be treated the same. I love that this poem explains this from the point of view of a man who has been treated badly these fake feminists.
partical0 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
your teacher is a fucking moron then. that's my personal and professional opinion. these feminazis need to be crushed.
SkyLifeArt Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this poem
girl-in-a-mask-69 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Thank you! Equal right mean equivalent! No one is better than anyone!
cheifsrock56 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You know there was a great author who also wrote about his penis. He was the great poet Catullus and consequently he compared it to a sparrow. Weird right?
emmy4852 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Last Visit: 202 weeks ago

  • This guy isn't going to read any of your comments.
BiteTheBat Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
This is masterfully planned out and thought. I also have a penis and as someone with a penis I'd like to thank you just for writing this. I'm glad someone has a view similar to mine. A view where penises and vaginas are penises and vaginas and not just some type of rating on how good a person is. Manism,Feminism,these are things in the real world where people take one side over the other when really we should all have the same side because we all just want to live with success. We all are human. I really like this free verse poem.
scorpiol13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Good comeback! That's like when I support gay marriage but I'm not gay, or when i argue #BlackLivesMatter but I'm a white chick, or even protecting children from human trafficking which I gave never experienced. We don't have to be anything but human being to defend others. For that matter, I am an animal rights activist! I don't think the animals mind...I think they are quite grateful if they had means to express as much.
Tokoru-chan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  New Deviant
Me as a girl agree That sometimes I would go to dinner and incest on paying because I asked to go but usually the guy asked to go out and i don't like guys holding the door for me I think that's how society sees as a gentlemen but what i see as a gentlemen is the heart he gives back to you.
marcionix Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
Never before, i fav a poetry, until now!

Give that sir one lhama!
Burning-Question Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I concider myself oldschool feminist and I really like this. ^^
Cakebomb25 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Inb4 feminists say "Stop oppressing us with your patriarchal poetry! All men should just die or turn into women!"
jacob134 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Harsh chica. :( I mean yeah, i know we ain't perfect, but damn, we have feelings too!
Cakebomb25 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I'm not a woman, i was just talking about femenists.
jacob134 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Regardless, a heartbroken woman will read my comment someday and realise not all guys are assholes... just the ones she dated. :P
Cakebomb25 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
MandiPope Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh...  you're a man, so you can't...  what?

She told you that men have no place championing for women's rights?  ...  how, precisely, does she plan on achieving that equality she's seeking if she doesn't include men in the battle?  Men aren't our enemies, they're our allies!  Yeah, some of 'em are jerks, but guess what?  Some WOMEN are jerks, too!

Ugh.  Sorry, I can't stand that kind of "feminism" in thinking that women are superior or that everything a man does to help us is somehow belittling us or undermining us.  No...  that's what we're fighting against in reverse, or so we think.  

No gender is better than the other, haven't we figured that much out by now?  They may have differences, but when have differences ever been bad?  

Sheesh.  Sheesh to the power of Sheesh.

Pardon the rant, I just...   can't comprehend this.  I'm all for equality, too, but not "equality in which women are superior to men."  That's not equality.

This is a great piece, by the way, thanks for putting that out there as a man and standing up for your right to champion for my rights, and for letting some of my more confused sisters know that men aren't out to get us, and they're certainly not our enemies.

scorpiol13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Real talk Mandi! You said exactly what I was thinking, and my comment above may be a different approach but I was basically of the same view as you. We all can benefit from allies, in fact, many of us with lack of visibility or a voice, rely on others to support & advocate for our causes and/or rights. We all can give and receive support in one way or another
Kara028 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
THANK YOU MandiPope!!!

I had a VERY similar response in my head but I was having trouble expressing it. My inner rant level spiked so much I lost coherent typing abilities.   I mean sometimes the stupid crap that falls from some peoples mouths is just sooo. Well you appear to know what I mean. 

So thank you for seriously saying everything I was thinking.

I also want to add. I never think anything negative if a guy holding a door for me. I don't understand how a girl would be insulted by that? Or anyone would? But the common occurrence of finding myself stuck on the wrong side of a closed door trying to open it with my hip or elbow while balancing any number of burdensome object like a tray of hot coffee or a heavy box made those random guys who did help look like Batman in those moments. But thats just me. 
MandiPope Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome, Friend!

I just fail to see how someone having some common manners and being thoughtful could possibly be insulting.  To anyone.  How, exactly, is holding a door open for someone sexist?  I hold the door open all the time for all different kinds of people, ...  oh my God!  I've been patronizing EVERYBODY!  Waaah!

Sorry.  :) 

UnblessedLemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
I was about to just say: "that's the dumbest, most ignorant nonsense I've heard in quite a while."

Then I realized there would be a great deal of potential for misinterpretation. So I will clarify!

That PERSON who attempted to devalue your supportive efforts to women and their rights is full of the dumbest, most ignorant nonsense I've heard in quite a while.

There is no way in Heaven or Hell that ANYTHING will change unless it's efforts made *regardless of gender.* Otherwise it's just a flip of everything already wrong in the first place! And that's not even touching on the resentment inevitably built by that kind of exclusionistic superiority.

Ah... apologies for the rant in comment, but it's already typed so I'll send it. What I hope you get from this is that you have a better grasp of gender-role stereotype and equality than this woman. I'd take a guy who is polite, eloquent, and respectful towards women over a hundred women with that kind of attitude.

Seriously. I'm still completely boggled by the absence of logic.
WotanTyger Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great and succinct piece, and yeah, I've played with this particular ideological fire, too. :P…
Cytoscourge Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How does it feel to have one? Also, you should post this on tumblr. Check your privilege m8. 
RavenWay Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To The Author:
You are a polite human being. That is all.
I am biologically female and a woman; however, I was also raised to open doors for other fellow human beings without though of sex, gender, age, race or religion. That is being kind.

As a biological male and/or a man, you have just as much right as any female or woman to defend another human being's rights, whether you fall into the same category or not. It is the first step to true equality: all people of all types defending the same rights to the same opportunities.

To Fellow Commenters:
I'd like to point out that despite the opening line and title "Yes, I Have a Penis" the original poster does not make any reference to their gender.
Therefore, IMHO, the argument for them being cis-ist based on the assumption they are equating having the biological male sexual organ to being automatically 'male' gender-wise is ridiculous.
I have trans friends who are biologically male, but are women who are told the above things; that they do not have a right to defend women's rights because they "are not women" based on their biological sex.

Unfortunately the Tumblr generation infests the rest of the internet.
TheTenthSword Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Very nice ;) (Wink) 
Monkeyfreed Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I have some built in mechanism that forces me to open the door for anybody. I don't know why, I just do. I know it's the polite thing, but I seem to do it for some other reason. Weird. By the way, nice post! 
kelmeloo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student Photographer
Creepy Flail 
ThatKidWhoDoesStuff Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.
ThisWinterEternal Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General Artist
This poem is my new bae.
I think we need more men supporting women's rights, just as we need more women supporting men in issues that are often ignored or treated as fiction, such as rape and domestic abuse happening to men.
I've never really understood some people's issues with things like door holding - that sort of stuff isn't sexism, it's politeness. I hold the door open if I see more people coming, and I thank others when they do the same for me.
Emerald-Wolf13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I think the problem stems from the 100 pound chip that some of the more militant feminists carry around on their shoulder.  They are so single minded in pursuing their nebulous goal that they are offended at simple courtesy and outraged by the very thought a woman may want to be a stay at home mom.  They have lost sight of the original purpose of creating a world where women did not HAVE to be a homemaker, but could choose.
Herowebcomics Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Totaly true!
There have ben guys who were jerks,but thats not always the case!
There are actualy GOOD
guys out there!
OKAMISAMURAIWARRIOR Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I say that man (humanity as a whole) are all equal, not one human is higher than one another no matter what position they hold in our society, therefore each one of us has as much equal rights as other people who hold higher positions in our poor excuse for a society
Emerald-Wolf13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
But that's just it, people are not all created equal.  Setting aside the simple fact that all of us are born into differing circumstances, people come in all different shapes, sizes, ability, dysfunction, etc. etc. etc.  The only thing we are all equal in is that we all die eventually.

The notion of equality in society seeks to level the playing field somewhat by attempting to give everybody and equal shot and every opportunity.  So far, it's kinda hit and miss.
RedWes Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
I hold the door for everyone
Cockmilk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly why is this one of the most popular things on deviant art 
FacelessRomantic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Im sorry that that had happened to you. I appreciate any male, female, PERSON, fighting for my rights. As a human we all deserve our rights, and the ones that belittle us, only show who they really are. Nicely written poem!!! :) 
Spookythedragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hold doors open for people just to be nice. To me, it just feels rude to not hold the door for someone (Of any gender. Male or female) when they are right behind you. I've had that happen to me a couple times and some don't even say thank you but, I don't really care. =P
Ms-Marik Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Photographer
Where I come from, that is called being a gentleman. Having manners does NOT imply that either sex is weaker or lacks rights. It just shows courtesy, which men and women should have for each other.
Cerebraphasia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is a touch too preachy for my usual tastes to really call it poetry. However, considering my strong lack of patience for pretentious people, I appreciate the message enough that I'll fave it. It's good to be thankful for meaningless kindness, when you might otherwise find meaningless violence.
kittyriffic Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Both sexes are equal

Men are just as lovely as woman

Woman are just as awful as men

Can't have one without the other!

Argument officially settled.
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