On problematic women

How is it that women are the catalyst

when the action is performed by men?

Why is it always us with the apple

of discord, when it is men with the sword?

The towers burn in our slandered names,

And ships are launched on the fame of our faces,

but not by our hands or bodies are they crewed;

Yet it is our bodies which are subjected to crude

consequences and the canvas for speculation.

Give us at least agency over ourselves or discover

Why the fates and furies are all female likewise.

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