Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Until the patriarchy which holds one sex superior and another inferior

Leye - Every other Wednesday

Photo by Soman

Until the patriarchy which holds one sex superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned.

Until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation.

Until the sex of a person's birth is of no more significance than the colour of their eyes.

Until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to gender.

Until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our sisters in their homes, in offices and in countries in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed.

Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will.

Until all females stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all humans, as they are in the eyes of Heaven.

Until that day, the entire planet will not know peace. We feminists will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.

- Being paraphrased version of Haile Selassie's address to the United Nations in 1963, and later made into the song by Bob Marley.


  1. Amen, my brother. Can't wait to celebrate your story with you next month.

    The people who disagree with what you say here are very noisy now. But we who agree with all our hearts are legion. We are LEGION!

  2. So straightforward, eh? Who could possibly disagree? And yet, somehow, people do.

  3. Oh how could anybody disagree with this. But if I can be flippant for a gender has equality but my eye colour makes me an endangered minority. ( see Friday blog), and as an endangered minority I am a protected species and must be fed chocolate...

  4. The question is, Leye, whether the current Haley addressing the UN represents a government truly dedicated to the principles put forth to the UN by the Haile who inspired your wonderful post.

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