As Sisters in Zion We’ll Recover From a Bad Day with the Patriarchy
As feminists working within a patriarchal system, bad days with the patriarchy are inevitable. On such days, I think it would cheer me up if real people burst into song, like they do in those musicals I love so much. Well, one day that happened, sort of. I was venting to my Exponent sisters on our backlist about a particularly awful experience with the patriarchy, when Liz replied in verse, to the tune of As Sisters in Zion. Em and I immediately joined in, and within a few minutes, we had this little ditty:
As sisters in Zion, we’ll sit down and shut up.
Our work of the Lord is with children alone.
We’ll silently iron our husband’s dark suits
And we’ll bask in the glory of his masculine throne!
The errand of angels is given to women
And that means submitting to man’s every whim.
Don’t think, and don’t question, just sit there and listen
For all of life’s answers will come straight from him.
How small is our purpose; how wee is our mission
If we but fulfill it in spirit so meek.
Only a manly divine inspiration
Can give us permission to work though we’re weak.
April Young Bennett
Contention is evil; how do we avoid it?
I know—girls be quiet; let men have their way.
Respectful discussion is always a bother.
Let men give the orders! Make women obey.