Talk Talk Talk

tired, George …
…same tired old questions

See the woman
From childhood
To be her brother’s keeper.
I cannot speak
For other women
West or East
I can observe
The occasional token
Her jaw wired shut

Happy IWD – International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Did someone say IWD is a day to especially celebrate working women?
I say no, I say IWD is in celebration of every woman.

Statistics Canada classifies you as a working woman if you are one of those women with a paying job. That leaves out a lot of women, the unpaid caregiver looking after children and parents, the retiree living on a limited pension, and a vast number of artists and musicians, students and others who struggle daily to make ends meet.

International Women’s Day is for all of us.

All of us … Each and every one of us.

Yesterday I had a friend argue the case for working artists, those who rise and work work work all day every day then hustle hustle hustle.

She pointed out that unless I am willing to work so diligently and hustle my work I am unworthy to call myself an artist. I do agree that the more time spent working on art the better a craftsman you will become. That is still no guarantee that you will be able to earn a living wage.

As for the hustling part? I told her I would prefer to take up prostitution except that I am too old now.

That got me to thinking about what some call the world’s oldest profession. It seems “ladies of the night” would be considered working women according to Statistics Canada, and thus more entitled to be included in IWD celebrations than their wageless sisters.

Ugly Woman

Magazine with picture of ugly woman on cover … Hmmmm … Would it sound better to say “ugly picture of woman”?

No matter, George … gallant of you to point it out to me as a source of reading for IWD.

And as you might be wondering why the women are depicted as so ugly … Well think maybe it has anything to do with the beatings?

I realize it might not be your favourite topic of discussion but until it stops …

And … Until women have financial independence

It should be the topic of every IWD day discussion

Why do women need financial independence?
Because it enables them to live in safer, healthier environments
Because it provides access to resources needed to escape from dangerous abusive situations.
Because they don’t have to trade their body and soul for room and board.

Doesn’t the thought of a woman being abused … or a man for that matter … Doesn’t it make you feel just a mite ugly too, George?

No George, no idea who that ugly woman is. George, put away that mirror.