mindlovemisery Collage 14
Oh, my dear, delicate, hot-house plant
you must be coddled, contained, cultivated
for things more refined, genteel, domestic.
You are made of softer things, of fluff, pink
petals, prone to wilt and droop if over-stimulated
with facts and education, business and commerce.
I will take care of you. Shield you. Tell you what
opinion to have. A woman’s brain is not inferior
but tuned to decorous poses of emotions… feelings.
You are so easily deceived. An uncomely trait from Eve.
That is why you must mislead and take a cue from
women made of sterner stuff. It is a pity you must
first prove your worth with pseudonyms like
The Bells, George Sand, A. M. Barnard, George Eliot,
James Tiptree, Isak Dinesen and even now, J. K. Rowling.
I read that the publisher’s of Harry Potter were afraid the book wouldn’t appeal to boys if they read a woman’s name as author so they asked her permission to use her initials and she complied. I think she wrote under another pseudonym earlier but doggone it those days are over for her now!