Ode to a New Notebook

Breaking in;
The divine virginity of fresh leaves
As yet unlined.
Tilling fresh furrows in their tender flesh,
Hear me!
Gods of great unknown
I draw you forth in tilting glyphs,
A harness for your powers in blank verse
Distill your essence in these broken paths
To guard against the march
Of swift, forgetful, time.

© Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols, 2015

A Reply to Lauren Southern’s “Why I’m Not a Feminist”

Important things to keep in mind when discussing Feminism

Everyday Geopolitics Houston

Dear Lauren,

In the last couple days, I have seen your video “Why I’m Not a Feminist” pop up a few times. In the video, you describe why you are not a feminist. At the heart of your message is the assertion, “I am not a feminist because I believe both genders should be treated equally.” Setting aside for a moment the problems with your assumption that gender can be reduced to a binary of male/female (here’s a decent introduction to that if you want), I want to talk about the misinformation you offer in your video: misinformation about feminist activism and scholarship, and misinformation about domestic violence and rape. I don’t often find engaging in these types debates online to be the most fruitful use of my energies, since people that produce anti-feminist content generally are not very open to meaningful engagement with feminist thought, however I’ve been stewing over your…

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Guiding light

What light! I see from yonder sun

A fleeting spark, caressing heaven,

Immutable in its fragility, but free. 

Losing innocence as it swiftly tumbles

Earthward on a scything wind

The plunging path a portent

Of a dim deluding blaze.
© Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols