“I still believe in man
A wise one asked me why
Cuz I just don't believe we're wicked
I know that we sin but I do believe we try
We all try, the girls try, the boys try
Women try, men try, you and I try, try, we all try”
We don’t try to be more than. We just don’t want to be less than. We try to be proud mothers with careers in a world that tells us in a perfect life, our husbands- if we should be so lucky as to have one- would make enough money to allow us to stay home.
We try to teach our daughters that they can be both smart and pretty; strong and delicate; fierce and compassionate while we navigate a world that asks us to dumb ourselves down, to dress ourselves up, and to quietly nod and smile more.
We teach our sons that women are fragile and need looking after; that we are weak and need defending; that we are sensitive and need protecting in a world in which we fight for independence, equal pay, and a firm handshake.
We try- in a world that complains, “chivalry is dead” while referring to the woman who waits for the door to be opened as “high maintenance.”
But we don’t try because we want to. We try because we have to. For these three, I will always try for equality and peace.
“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women- do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies that make the babies”