16 reasons why you, a man, should hate the patriarchy

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This is a slightly longer version of the blog first published on HuffingtonPostUK on 15/01/2014.

This piece was prompted by Emer O’Toole’s excellent article, Men –if you’re not a feminist, it’s fine, just move on. I loved it, I found it very convincing. Hopefully this list complements it. O’Toole’s point is that men who interact with feminism but care more about male issues can be ‘allies’ but shouldn’t claim to be ‘feminists’. This then isn’t a feminist article per se, but certainly an anti-patriarchy one.

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Subsumed

 

We want the arab migrants to integrate

To adopt true british culture

We want the arab migrants

To get hammered twice a week

And throw up in the streets

 

We want the Polish migrants to assimilate

To adopt true British culture

We want the Polish migrants

To shout “You fucking slag”

At middle aged secretaries

 

We want West Indies migrants

To shake off their alien culture

Cheer for England in the cricket

And start fights when

We lose the football

 

We want the Indian migrants

To try harder to fit in

Send their kids to Oxbridge

Dodge inheritance tax

Make a killing in the City

 

We want these African migrants

To give up their tribal ways

We want these Africans to

Internalise class awareness

Festooned with trinkets

 

We want these Bengali migrants

To embrace popular culture

Produce twenty or so talk show hosts

Of whom one might

Like to touch children

 

We want these Irish migrants

To come to belong

Betray their Pope, love the Queen

Bring the Guinness

That’s fine

 

 

Come on die young.

 

Not sure about this. Been a bit ill, hence paucity of posts. Many terrible ideas sure to be typed up in the fullness of time. x

 

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