News feeds hemorrhage headlines
Of sexual assault victims’ testimony.
Pompous old white men protect their own,
Circle wagons around the self-entitled offender.
Like the wicked witch, a Republican woman
Tut-tuts over reports of attempted rape,
Drunken high school parties,
“Boys will be boys!” She proclaims.
I wonder if a lifetime of abuse
Has damaged her brain,
Left her confused about power,
humiliation and forced submission,
Rewired her thinking to excuse
And encourage more generations
Of internalized misogynistic oppression.
-- Jennifer Lagier