I am a woman

by Michelle Fortes

So? I get into an argument with a man, he slaps me,I feel the pain, yet they tell me I provoked him. I should have been quiet, I should have been patient. I should apologize to him.
I get into an argument with a man, I slap him,they tell me I have no respect, no home training. I should have been quiet, I should have been patient. I should apologize to him.Because I am a woman, I don’t have a right to be angry. So, the degree ofmy innocence is directly proportional to the degree of my silence in the face of oppression and brutality…..
Because I am a woman, my husband cheats on me, I am told to tolerate it to save my marriage. The barbaric and stupidexcuse is that ”it is in their nature to cheat, I should slim down, dressbetter, cook better, pray harder and be more pleasant to him”
I cheat, and I am called a whore, I have committed an abomination, I have no right to look elsewhere for the love and emotional support I lack at home, I am an irresponsible mother.
So I am sent packing,from the home we both built, with all my earthly possessions stuffed into a tiny box on my head. I am henceforth forbiddenfrom seeing my two older children, I’m lucky to be allowed to go with mylittle one still suckling on my left breast. Three years later, the little one is tagged a bastard. Now, my new name is “after-three”, because I am awoman.
He is 28 and runs a company. He’s tagged wonderful, hardworking, focused, career oriented,successful at a veryyoung age.
I am 28 and I run a company “Hmmmm….she is not even married, unserious, can not order her priorities right, ahustler, loves money, let her go and get a husband oh”And I wonder if being successful has anything to do with a person’s gender.
Because I am a woman, I am not allowed to have wits or be a prodigy, I cannot be financially buoyant, professionallysuccessful or be treated with respect without a man beside me.
Then I am tagged a generous leg opener, “a runs girl”. They never see the possibility that I actually had to gothrough ups and downs to get to where I am, because I am a woman.
A man looses his wife to death and remarries a year after, he did the right thing, he’s being praisedand congratulated for moving on, after all life is for the living.
A woman looses her husband to death andremarries after 4yrs, “aaah! so early? Are u sure she wasn’t sleeping with that man even when her husband was alive? That was why she killedher husband. She’s a witch! Because she’s a woman.
Because I am a woman, this post will beconsidered controversial, and everyone will try to correct me. But don’tforget, that I am a woman and it does not make me less human!!!
Share to respect some woman and Tell your woman that you love her: *Who is a woman?????*When she is quiet, millions of things are running through her mind. When she stares at you, she is wondering why she loves you so much in spite of beingtaken for granted. When she says I will stand by you, she will stand by youlike a solid rock. Never hurt her or take her for granted. A very hearttouching message by a woman. Someone asked her, Are you a working woman or a housewife? She replied: Yes, I am afull-time working housewife. I work 24hours a day. I’m a Mum. I’m a Wife. I’m a Daughter. I’m a Daughter- in-law. I’m an Alarm clock. I’m a Cook. I’m a Maid. I’m a Teacher. I’m a Waitress. I’m a Nanny. I’m a Nurse. I’m a Handywoman. I’m a Security officer. I’m a Counsellor. I’m a Comforter. I don’t get holidays. I don’t get sick leave. I don’t get day off. I work through day and night. I’m on call all hours and get paid with a sentence. “What Do U DoAll Day??” This Is Dedicated to allwomen*** A Woman has the most uniquecharacter like salt! Her presence is never remembered, but her absence makes all the things tasteless. Pass it to all the lovely ladies…Ur Mother. Ur Wife. Ur daughter. Ur sister & Urfriend.Forward to every woman to make her smile and to every man to make himrealize a woman’s worth.

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