blokes

photo by Jules @Daily Jewels by Jules

I’m a big bloke
used to making a sexist joke

at home, at work
and especially in the pub*

then one day a mate said
“is that really appropriate?”

even said it with a wink
made me stop and think

I respect my mother and sis
so why was I taking the piss*

sick jokes really deflect
woman do deserve respect

my attitude sure stinks
how did I miss those links

just sprouted mindless trash
women didn’t deserve that bash

they work far harder than me
without Julie where would I be

gotta change my immature manner
for women I should carry a banner

what will the mates say
when I praise women each day

if we don’t turn this around
having a daughter could resound

us blokes need to learn respect
it’s the least they can expect!

pub* = hotel with loads of alcohol; boys bonding place
taking the piss* = Australian slang for putting others down

33 comments

  1. You hit the right chords by this, Kate!
    Over at my side, men usually don’t stop and think among their own kind to slay out women by their words. Considers it as a pride, which is actually worst of all shames.

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  2. If women don’t start to respect themselves, nothing will change. They should point out that they do not want sexist jokes, in addition to them without taste, so laugh and have nothing to do. Is it so hard?
    greetings

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  3. I like how you incorporated the pelican… He was a ‘sassy’ bloke 😉
    You know his rhyme don’t you?

    “A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week!
    But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”

    ― Dixon Lanier Merritt

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  4. Excellent, Kate! I agree! Right on!
    We, as women, can help educate males and get them to think and feel and then act appropriately.
    But, you are right…the main way males will learn respect for females is for other males to set an example, call each other “on the carpet” when they do or say something inappropriate, treat the women in their lives with love and kindness, etc.
    And females need to start respecting each other. That, also, helps males to learn to respect us.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  5. I have encountered females too laugh at these sexist jokes. WhatsApp messages full of crappy jokes but everybody laughs because they think they are entertaining. I get this as an answer.

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    • it’s a great answer to make them think … I tend to side step sexist jokes on posts, have unfollowed ppl who thought it was ok … we have to do our utmost to shame these inappropriate behaviours and attitudes!

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      • I happened to read this comment by Kritika while scrolling down, and I want to state my agreement with it. I too had felt very disappointed when such jokes were forwarded in mixed gender groups, often also spouses. Everyone else seemed to ignore or actually laugh at them. Your post is a great one to use as an eye-opener for those humble enough to change their ways. I am out of all groups now except couple of those that make my heart smile from all those who contribute.

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  6. I agree with you and Murisopsis! The problem isn’t with girls/women but with boys/men who are steeped in toxic masculine culture that teaches them to be sexist. Men have to change and help each other change. Unfortunately, not many even realize they are the problem.

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