We will have a new original blog post up later this week, but in the meantime please enjoy one of our favorite poems:
For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, there is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.
For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of “knowing everything.”
For every woman who is tired of being called “an emotional female,” there is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle.
For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes, there is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity.
For every woman who is tired of being a sex object, there is a man who must worry about his potency.
For every woman who feels “tied down” by her children, there is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood.
For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay, there is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.
For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile, there is a man who was not taught the satisfactions of cooking.
For every woman who takes a step toward her own liberation, there is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.”
–Nancy R. Smith, For Every Woman
NOTE: This poem has always stood out to us because it displays the importance of all of us getting involved. It illustrates that we all hurt from violence and shows why we need to consider all sides to an issue, not just the “female” side or the “male” side. However we are in no way attempting to place the disadvantages men face and oppression of women on the same level.