woman slave to men

Poets’ Corner: Woman vs Man: A Brief Sexual History

woman slave to men

Woman Bound by Rope Photo via Shutterstock

By Changming Yuan 


No man is perfect

Yet every man wants women to be perfect

So, their feet used to be bound

Now their faces surgically shaped and reshaped

Their eyelids doubled

Their breasts raised

Their skin ironed and chemically treated

Their subcutaneous fat removed from their bellies or waists

Their legs made longer on high-heeled shoes

Their entire bodies perfumed, clad and decorated with all fashions

As if they were full-sized dolls

Just as god made man in his image

So has man been making women after his likeness

About the Poet

Changming Yuan, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 839 literary publications worldwide, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review. Find more of his poems at poetrypacific.blogspot.ca

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