Happy International Women’s Day 21

Yesterday, I listened to Holly Cairn TD’s IWD speech and wrote a little ditty in response.Below is the poem and a link to Holly’s instagram. Holly’s is definitely worth hearing.

A Male Point of View

Holly Cairns, TD for Cork, stood

among the vacant seats

in the centre of an deserted row

and spoke into the middle distance

about her appreciation of free toilet paper

in public loos.

That was nice, she thought, as she washed her hands

and wished the same was true of tampons

so that women could avoid bloody pants

the stigma, shame and spreading stains

that goes with stuffing wads of paper

in their crotch to absorb the period they can’t afford.

Holly then talked of the colossal rise

of calls to Women’s Aid in the pandemic.

I had heard the same in Longford, Dublin, and Limerick.

Good woman, I thought.

Following this, Holly went on to present

her practical list of inequality that women still face

to a floor full of green unoccupied chairs.

Apparently she was there alone, but, at the end

of her excellent speech, a fat jowly man,

a male speaker

said he hoped his successor

would be a woman

but until then he would keep safe this powerful position.

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