PHILIP GLASS


Trial 1: All Men Are Equal Lyrics

"In this court, all men are equal." You have heard
those words many times before. "All men are equal." But
what about all women ? Are women the equal of men ?
There are those who tell us that they are.

Last week, an auspicious meeting of women was held in
Kalamazoo. The meeting was addressed by a very
prominent lady who is noted for her modesty. She is so
modest that she blindfolds herself when taking a bath.
Modesty runs in her family. She has a nephew who is
just ten years of age. Sometimes, the nephew says "I'm
going to the forbidden name store." The little fellow
is too modest to say "I'm going to the A & P." Well,
here is what that modest lady said to the gathering of
women in Kalamazoo :

"My sisters : Thetime has come when we must stand up
and declare ourselves. For too long have we been
trodden under the feet of men. For too long have we
been treated as second-class citizens by men who say
that we are only good for cooking their meals, mending
their socks, and raising their babies.

"You have a boyfriend, and he calls you his queen.
Then, when he marries you, he crowns you. These are the
kind of men who, when they become romantic or, I should
say, when they are in a certain mood, they want to kiss
you and kiss you and kiss you again.

"My sisters, I say to you : Put your faces against it,
and, if the man takes from you without your permission,
look him squarely in the face, roll your eyes at him,
and say to him ‘How dare you, you male chauvinist pig !
You put that kiss right back where you got it from.’

"My sisters, we are in bondage, and we need to be
liberated. Liberation is our cry. Just yesterday, I
talked with a woman who is the mother of fifteen
children. She said ‘Yes, I want to be liberated from
the bedroom.’

"And so, my sisters, the time has come when we must let
this male chauvinist understand that the hand that
changes the diapers is the hand that shall rule the
world.

"And now, my sisters, let us stand and sing our
national song. For the benefit of you who have not yet
memorized the words, here they are :

The woman's day is drawing near, it's written in the
stars

The fall of men is very near, proclaim it from your
cars.

Sisters, rise ! You flags unfurl ! Don't be a little
girl.

Say "Down with men, their power must end : Women shall
rule the world !"

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