She’s the Man


They taught her to be gentle and submissive,

They taught her to cook and clean,

They told her it was not her job to hunt,

They taught her to be a lady


They never told her that she’d have to hunt,

They never told her that she would have to do the tasks the other did not feel like doing,

They never told her that she’d have to fight,

They never told her that she’d have to hide her weakness,


They never told her that she could be just as strong and powerful as she wanted to,

Until she had to,

And when she did,

They tried to put her down for it,

But they didn’t know how strong life had made her



Be A Man


Be strong,

Protect your sisters and your mother,

Work hard,

Go to school,

Study the ‘right’ thing,

Get a job,

Get a wife,

Have children

Take care of your family,

Do all the manly work


Don’t show weakness,

When you are stressed just keep it to yourself,

Or go drink with the boys,

Don’t shed tears


You keep so much to yourself,

You pretend like its all okay,

Even when you are falling apart inside,

You’d rather be a man,

Than a coward,

You keep it all to yourself,

You take it out on others,

When those that care ask what’s wrong,

You keep quiet or get angry


Someone made the rules,

You are just following them




They want me to be weak.


To them I am a woman rather than a human,

Whenever I show my strength,

They call me a rebel


They want me to depend on them,

They are not enough opportunities to make me compete with them


They want me to serve them,

They’ll turn the screws and lift the heavy items,

I’ll stir the soup, I’ll wash the clothes


Some are my friends some are family,

Why would you want to see me fall rather than rise


Lets talk about equity,

But lets practice patriarchy


Equal or not,

Can’t we at least respect each other

Strong Man


She was raised,

To treat men right


When he is hungry,

… she cooks for him


When she talks to him,

… he can disrespect her


When he messes up,

… she cleans up


When he forgets,

… she reminds him


When he insults her,

… she should tolerate it


He is a man,

… that is what she was told,

She should obey him


And that is what she learnt


He could disrespect,

He could insult her,

He could act like a child,

He had to be looked after,

He could do what he wanted to


… provided he was behind closed doors

… that is what she had observed


She knew the truth,

He was a strong man behind closed doors,

In the real world, he had to prove it,

Because in the real world,

Titles are not just handed,

…neither is respect


Traditional Woman


She is being raised,

To be the person she doesn’t want to be


Her life feels like a prison,

In which she has been serving a 25 year sentence


She is the ‘woman’ of the house,

She has always been,

Even as a child


She cooks and cleans,

As she watches other people relax,

Simply because they are men,

And she is not,

At least that’s what they say


When tragedy strikes,

She is supposed to forget about her life,

It doesn’t matter that she has exams or loaded school work, or office work,

She has to put down anything regarding her professional life,

Until all is solved,

Even when those who could help her are many,

.. and they have nothing to do,

Because she is a ‘woman’


Her future in the minds of her family,


But most importantly a ‘submissive’ wife,

In the thoughts a ‘servant’ wife,

Because that is what she was raised to be


Her future in her mind,



Free from the prison built for her,

Living a life she wants for herself,

Not a life that she is being forced to live,

She will not be the ‘traditional woman’ she was raised to be,

She will be her own woman