Only Women Bleed

Man’s got his woman to take his seed
He’s got the power – oh
She’s got the need
She spends her life through pleasing up her man
She feeds him dinner or anything she can

She cries alone at night too often
He smokes and drinks and don’t come home at all
Only women bleed

Man makes your hair gray
He’s your life’s mistake
All you’re really lookin’ for is an even break

He lies right at you
You know you hate this game
He slaps you once in a while and you live and love in pain

She cries alone at night too often
He smokes and drinks and don’t come home at all
Only women bleed

Black eyes all of the time
Don’t spend a dime
Clean up this grime
And you there down on your knees begging me please come
Watch me bleed

Only women bleed

Once I read the lyric from this song, I feel touched. This song was written by Alice Cooper with someone else named Dick Wagner. For you know that Alice Cooper is a rock singer who also known with his horror performance. I don’t know about his life and personality.  But this song seems sympathetic to women.

It is a ballad about a woman in an abusive marriage. A very stereotyped view about a bad husband and a devoted wife. A husband needs a wife only to take his seed in relation to reproduction and continuation of his generation. He spends his nights outside of their home and without his wife or just smoking and getting drunk. Instead of making intimate relationship with his wife, he shows his power and plays rough. While his wife spends her life through pleasing  her husband,  feed him  and has to  live in  pain and lies with her marriage. In biology,  it’s like a relation that called as a parasitic  simbyosis. The one gets profit, but the other gets loss.

It’s a picture that the writer of this song told us. And the writer is an American. A country where  gender equality and women liberation come from. What about in Indonesia ?

These days around  April 21st we are celebrating the birth day of a heroine named RA Kartini. Someone who is famous with her letters “Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang”.  She is a heroine who is famous because of  her struggle for her  gender equality.

What about her own marriage ? Happy, although her husband was not her own choice. But it’s her parents’ choice. She had to face the reality between to obey her parents or to marry her own choice, someone she loves. Fortunately, her husband loves her.

What about her struggle ? Nowadays, women are getting appreciated her rights. In career, they can get a job or position where it’s used to be occupied only by a man. From a low job like driver until a high job like a government head even until the president.

But  with the situation like this,  whether such abusive marriage as told in the song is not exist anymore? We can only hope and pray, hopefully the situation  may no longer exists. The rest, maybe we need to educate ourselves.

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