Why can a man walk free
down the street, without a care
in the world, and a pep
in his feet? But a woman must
leer, must live in a constant fear
that a man's touch or sneer
will make her innocence disappear.
Men don't have to cover their drink
or cringe when they get an unsolicited wink
They don't give a second blink
because there's nothing to rethink.
And yet women must take time,
attend classes to prevent the crimes
which haunt each and every other's mind
and yet most men will never find
as one of their own personal cares
unless the lady who's threatened is theirs
and in love the two do share
but still the issue isn't fair.
Why can a man choose however to dress
without giving a care or feeling the stress
that a woman does, now her outfit's a guess,
hopefully this time one that will offend a little less?
Why can't she show some skin?
What does that do to offend, when right
around the bend, is the video store with even
skimpier outfitted women to lend?
Our world is stuck in a spiral, I'm
beginning to think it's a lot cause
to hope for some equality, some enforcement
to our natural human laws.
Neither women or men should live in fear
of being attacked on the street,
we need not this cause for tears.
But when the women are raised
in this society with its eyes glazed
over, seeing nothing in the pain of its
citizens, founders and new leaders,
they begin to perpetuate the stereotype
And the victim becomes the stigma.
The problem becomes the excuse.
And all we are left with
is tragedy and abuse.