Who says men aren’t in touch with their feelings…..

national conference for men and boys This poem by Pip Wilson was picked up by one of our team members Dr David Bloodwood. David says  this poem is “a good little disrupter of the stereotype” about men and feelings.

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Because Men are Not in Touch with Their Feelings by Pip Wilson 

Because Men are not in touch with their feelings

This year there will be no Oshkosh Festival of Aviation.

Men will be forbidden to come from all over the globe

To meet other men and women from all over the globe

Falling into raptures for the mysteries of flight

The beauty of engineering

Because men do not care

For mystery or beauty

And men are not in touch with their feelings.

They will not bring their flying dreams

They will not wheel their metal poems

Out of their worldwide garages

Sail them out of pregnant sheds.

They will hammer no more dreams

Out of aluminium and steel

They will no longer gently flex their hands

To guide their mates

As they deliver their conceptions

From their hearts

Their workshops

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

This year we shall close all the galleries

Leonard and Vincent will be consigned

To the rubbish bins of rampant ideology

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

We shall burn the books

The tongues of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Coleridge

And Keats will become tongues of fire

As we eradicate the phoney soul of our gender

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

There will be no men’s talk

Of pain and aspirations

In bars and cars

And fishing boats

People with terrible meat between their legs

Will, by Law fall silent about their wives

Lovers

Children

Their fear of death

And the grinding waste of unemployment

Nor will they speak of love of their life’s work

They will no longer say the things they say

Only to men

The things women never hear

This will be the Law

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

Human beings whose faces grow hair

Will face the Wall of correctness

Never again to make music or buy records

Nor to cook Haute Cuisine

Nor marvel at the ripening grapes

Press them into divine nectar

Not wet their pillows for faithless lovers

Not wet their cheeks for newborn wonder

Not wet their gardens for bounty of colour

Not dry their eyes to face the howling beast

Not dry their eyes to undo the tangled knot

Not dry their eyes to keep the table full

Nor sing joyously to their lovers and children

About the bread they have baked

For the uncomprehending palates

We shall ban the building of hospitals

And the quest for the stars

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

We will eradicate all memory of medicine and charity

Invention will be punishable by death

We shall close the book on engineering

Architecture and printing

Communications, transport and philosophy

And comedy, sculpture – All the arts!

Wilberforce and Ghandi and Fred Hollows

And Beethoven and John Lennon and Lincoln

Can go to hell in a hand basket.

And the man who mans the lifeboat last

Putting children and women before him

Can go down with the ship

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

Because men are not in touch with their feelings

Because men are not in touch with their feelings.

By Pip Wilson

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