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The Yellow Stains They Judge You For… [#Poem]

Posted: September 5, 2017

Even as she garners expertise in a variety of fields, a woman is often judged for her prowess as a homemaker – while her male counterpart easily escapes being marked for his role as a partner or parent.

It is indeed sad that the yellow stains on his shirt are enough to pull down her expertise as a group leader, a sportsperson, a technician, a teacher or simply a human being. To all those women who have been let down for stained shirts and more……

There were those yellow stains on his shirt
She couldn’t get them away
The detergent didn’t help much
She tried anyway.

They saw the yellow stains
Nothing could be worse
His honour was at stake
Couldn’t she have rubbed enough?

Those yellow stains would stay
As long as she chose her ways
With life invested in office files
Blotches would forever stay.

Yellow stains are irresponsible
They exhibit promiscuous ways
Those appraisals hardly mean a thing
Until you get those stains away!

And so they hang the yellow stains
On the right-most shelf with the appreciation card
So the next time you walk into her house
You don’t miss
The Yellow Stains.

First published at author’s blog.

Top image is from a collection of old sexist ads, via this article.

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  1. Pooja Sharma Rao

    Very well elucidated symbol extended to how women are labelled by perfect homes and all other achievements made secondary.

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