WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD

Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is, think about it
Woman is the nigger of the world
Think about it, do something about it

We make her paint her face and dance
If she won’t be a slave, we say that she don’t love us
If she’s real, we say she’s trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us
Woman is the nigger of the world, yes she is
If you don’t believe me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slave to the slaves
Ah yeah, better scream about it
We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen
We tell her home is the only place she should be
Then we complain that she’s too unworldly to be our friend
Woman is the nigger of the world, yes she is
If you don’t believe me take a look to the one you’re with
Oh woman is the slave to the slaves
Yeah, alright

We insult her everyday on TV
And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
When she’s young we kill her will to be free
While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb
Woman is the nigger of the world, yes she is
If you don’t believe me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slave to the slaves
Yes she is, if you believe me, you better scream about it

We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance

Songwriters
JOHN LENNON, YOKO ONO

Read more: John Lennon – Woman Is The Nigger Of The World Lyrics | MetroLyrics

This song made me cry  , because I do not think being a nigger is a disability or defect ot nature’s flaw …. And being a woman is not easy , yet it is not as disempowering as this song makes it out to be ……

There is a way to be cruel and call it kindness…..

The above mentioned is such a song …..

I have posted two poems from the perspectives of women

when they find them selves in such a predicament……

SLAVERY  ( Experience of Indian Patriarchy )

He wished to be a king

He did not wish for a queen

But for a slave

A queen who wishes for a

King is a nice queen

A queen who wishes for a

Drone is a not so nice queen

She can only be the queen of a drone

Griselda was a nice queen

But she was the slave of a nice king

( There are only nice kings)

He could not believe she was a slave

He could not believe he was the king

Griselda believed

Her living children dead

I believed in my unborn children

Being born…….. By intrudesite (Silent flute 2013 Kendra sahitya Akademi  )

Seeing Red – Patience Agbabi  ( British born Nigerian poet . She teaches creative writing at the university of Greenwich and the university of Cardiff , her publications are R.A.W. and Transformatrix. Her third collection is body language)

Black mum parts my continent of head 

with glazed black cotton begins to wind 

each division so fiercely my mind 

bleeds black. I can’t close my eyes in bed

White mum uses fading navy thread 

her tension less cruel, more kind

but the vision color blind 

So I see red.

I read instructions for shocking-red dye

(freedom has given me the green light) 

yet bury the evidence under a head-tie

like the insight 

that I see the world through a red eye 

where blood and heart mean more than black and white..

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13 thoughts on “WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD

  1. i thank you for posting this. sometimes people overlook the negative effects of a cause on the people they are supposed to be helping. i liken this to the effects of athol fugard’s plays on black people during apartheid. can you imagine what it would’ve been like for a black kid or a black adult in south africa at the time to sit in an auditorium and watch a play in which the white person and the colored person was better than him/her. plays that suggest nothing he/she does can be clever enough to outsmart the white person. can you imagine what it would’ve felt like for a black person to watch a play in which black people destroy black people’s dreams. the same is true of the nonesensical “orange is the new black.” in one sentence/movement/cause you denegrate people bold enough to choose their own sexuality and and liken them to people you see as inferior. “slave to slaves,” in whatever way you contexualize that line from the song, it’s just wrong.

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  2. Exactly my thoughts ! It was so chilling …to hear this , far worse when one is living this in one way or another. There is nothing kind about the lyrics of the song ………
    Any woman who has experienced oppression / abuse because of her gender will develop true gender dysphoria listening to it. Because the main object is a woman , entire song actually showing her place as it is portrayed by a man…and it is so incredibly racist …! Apartheid all over again.
    The only way to fight being objectified is to affirm subjectivity through writing and action.

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  3. I love your poem about this, Intrudesite. I think John Lennon and Yoko Ono were trying to show sympathy and empathy for both groups, and they wrote the song quite a long time ago when being a woman in the UK was much harder than it is now. But I’m not sure they did it in a very good way because it can be upsetting to read.

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  4. These are powerful and beautiful. When I was a teen, I used to play a vinyl Lennon anthology that included the first song just about every day. Whatever one thinks of Yoko’s’ artistic aspirations, she woke up in Lennon a sensitivity to the female perspective, which infuses some beautiful musical works with important and powerful messages.

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  5. John and Ono Yoko had a legendary love …he even changed his middle name as Ono…. But this song has lyrics that can be deeply upsetting because of racism and a sort of mesogyny.
    Men who feel very vulnerable to a woman sometimes patronize and alternatively demonize or deprecate her…..
    Thanks for your thoughts. He was a legend….no doubt.

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