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Susan B. Anthony quote: The fact is, women are in chains, and their  servitude...

Woman in Chains (What Man Would Abide It?) Women throughout centuries – the softer sex. I picture them subservient since what feels like time primordial! What man would abide being sold as if mere chattle and being called another’s property? What man, with a love of learning or of writing, would acquiesce and be denied the education and the opportunities he so desired? What man would dare take second place - hiding in the background or covering his face because society or church said things were meant to be that way? What man would abide having cut off from his body that part of him from which carnal pleasure is derived? What man would let his feet be broken as a child, bound up to resemble hooves to keep him in his place? What man would abide being burned alive if the dowry of his spouse were deemed unsuitable? What man would abide (if not so inclined) enduring the agonies of giving birth again and again because his spouse preferred he stay at home? What man would abide being raped or even killed as punishment for even being raped? What man would endure constant beatings for “his own good” and feel good that his church or state approved this? What man, if he were able to get pregnant, would take on all the stress of unwed motherhood when the one who got him pregnant bailed on him? What man would abide the stigma and the soiled reputation? What man would prostitute himself to feed his babies because a job for one like him would not be given? What man would abide living enslaved by an abuser, afraid to run away or be found and killed by his abuser? Atrocities like these through centuries have too long been endured. No man would for so long a time endure them. For reasons of pure biology, the role of the abused was hoisted primarily on women. Thank God for those strong women a mere century ago who stood up, bravely fighting for women’s rights. Thank God for lonely sister souls in faraway places who even now stand fighting against inequities - simply for the fact that they were born the softer sex. Aug. 31, 2020 for John Hamilton's Woman in Chains Contest

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Date: 9/27/2020 1:18:00 PM
Wow this is powerful and strikes home, Andrea! Fortunately things are changing for the better, but in several countries the situation is still bad. So unfair! Regards // paul
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/27/2020 1:53:00 PM
yes, the situation for women in some countries is still so appalling. Spousal abuse is also so big in all the world. Will it never end?
Date: 9/27/2020 12:18:00 PM
Your poetic pen is powerful, poignant and expresses with passion! My husband and I were talking about these very issues the other day... questions I have asked myself many times. Such a deep, meaningful and potent piece, Andrea. Warmest wishes, dear poetess.. ~Susan
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Date: 9/24/2020 10:21:00 PM
powerful writing Andrea. Came by to read your poems :)
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Date: 9/24/2020 8:54:00 PM
Great take on women and men. I enjoyed this Free Verse. I'll certainly read more of your poetry. Love, Angela
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Date: 9/24/2020 3:31:00 PM
Hello Andrea, yes women in the past have gone through a lot of things in their lives. They suffered a lot. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Date: 9/23/2020 11:07:00 AM
Powerful and perfect.dig mine.feedback cool.
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Date: 9/23/2020 11:06:00 AM
Powerful and perfect.dig mine.feedback cool.
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Date: 9/22/2020 6:28:00 AM
Deep, powerful words, Andrea.
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Date: 9/22/2020 5:28:00 AM
I commented on this when you wrote it, dear Andrea. It is WORLD CLASS! One to go down in history!
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Date: 9/17/2020 8:27:00 AM
Congratulations!extremely well penned,
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Date: 9/15/2020 5:55:00 PM
Congratulations! What a powerful message! My favourite! Love, Mala
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Date: 9/3/2020 9:02:00 AM
Atrocities targeted in a excellent way dear Andrea mam:-) Powerful Muse with thought provoking lines.. This is definitely going into my FAVE list.:-) Keep writing and keep inspiring us. Take care.Much love:-)
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Date: 9/2/2020 5:11:00 PM
Amen and Amen, dear friend. What a poignant group of questions to ponder! Congratulations on this powerful poem.
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Date: 9/2/2020 3:26:00 PM
Nice to see this winning poem climbing in the charts as well, I feel like I had a small share!
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Date: 9/2/2020 3:33:00 PM
Thanks for the inspiration, John.
Date: 9/2/2020 12:46:00 AM
SENSATIONAL! POWERFUL! This goes straight to my favorites! Thank you for writing and sharing this, dear Andrea.
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Date: 9/2/2020 3:33:00 PM
You are a doll, Elaine!
Date: 9/1/2020 6:25:00 PM
A powerful poem. Each and every word so true. I liked the way you wrote it. Congratulations. Take care. Warm regards Rama
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Date: 9/1/2020 3:37:00 PM
Congratulations on your great win, Andrea!!
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Date: 9/1/2020 12:43:00 PM
Congrats on your placement, Andrea. You speak for oppressed women everywhere.
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Date: 9/1/2020 11:35:00 AM
Beautiful write. I hope all humans beings will be treated equally one day. Good luck
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Date: 9/1/2020 9:06:00 AM
Excellent free verse, my friend. A heartbreaking account of horrors and atrocities inflicted upon women throughout history and even today. Your voice is a strong reminder to stand for justice and equality. Well done ~ John
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Date: 9/1/2020 8:34:00 AM
This is an excellent write Andrea congrats on a nice win!
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Date: 9/1/2020 4:13:00 AM
Wow, Andrea. So we'll said. Best of luck on this excellent poem.
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Date: 9/1/2020 4:01:00 AM
This is a profound poem that gives insight into the horrors there have been and are still taking place in some areas. It's painful to read even. God bless you for your words. Love, Gina
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Date: 8/31/2020 11:28:00 PM
To my fav, this is poetry, that is right up my ally so to speak in the language i was born to. You've hit the nail on the head Andrea, one clean clout, and it says it all..POTD i hope...
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Date: 8/31/2020 6:34:00 PM
Powerful penning, Andrea! You have the punch of a pugilistic powerhouse! Wow! Superb contest entry, methinks. Congrats in advance, Gershon
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/31/2020 10:07:00 PM
That was sweet of you, Gershon. I wish I were better with free verse.
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