Sunday, August 10, 2008

Pride Parade

Leaving the two teens to take the bus to the airport, Miss T., Strawbs and myself made our way across Stockholm. It took several hours as 45 000 people had decided to parade through the centre demonstrating for sexual equality at exactly the same time. As it was pouring, the girls and I took shelter in the biggest toy store and watched the show from a rain-spattered window.



The firebrigade, the police, the army, doctors, nurses, angels and devils, political parties, they were all there showing their support and some baring all, well almost, for the cause.
More from Stockholm soon.

7 comments:

Crowbard said...

May there never be sexual equality!
Vive le difference! N'est pas?

PI said...

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Crowbard said...

Women is the Nigger of the World By:John Lennon/Yoko Ono

E G# C#m E A A7 E (intro)


(E)Woman is the (G#)nigger of the (C#m)world(E)
(A)Yes she is(A7)...(E)think about it

Women is the nigger of the world
Think about it...do something about it.

G A

(F#m)We make her paint her face and (D)dance
(A)If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't (E)love us
(F#m)If she's real, we say she's trying to be a (D)man
(G)While putting her down we pretend that she's (B)above us

Women is the nigger of the world...yes she is
If you don't believe me, take a look at the one you're with

Women is the slave of the slaves
Ah yeh...better scream about it.

sax solo (same chords as chorus)

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 unworldy to be our friend

Woman is the nigger of the world...yes she is
If you don't believe me, take a look at the one your with
Women is the slave to the slaves
yeh...think about it

guitar solo (chorus chords)

We insult her every day 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 at the one your with

Women is the slave to the slaves
Yes she is...if you believe me, you better scream about it.

(F#M)We make her paint her face and (D)dance. (repeat over and over again)

PI said...

Well that's why we had Women's Lib.

Mike & Ann said...

The only Beatles song I liked, and can remember the words of (well some anyway) is 'When I'm sixty four'. I don't remember the one Crowbards quotes at all (just as well- I don't think I'd like it). There's a WW1 joke that puts it well. A German Officer says 'A woman's place is in the kitchen'. A French Officer says 'A woman's place is in bed'. And an English Officer says 'A woman's place is on a pedestal'. That says it all. Regards, Mike.

Nea said...

mmmm....I don't know quite how to explain this, but the Pride Parade was for equality for all i.e. homo-,trans-, bi- and heterosexuals, not just for equality between men and women.

Crowbard said...

Yes Nea,
But all those of various persuasion or orientation are (well mostly) just men and women - the people we love and serve - our brothers, sisters and friends as surely as the birds were kin to St Francis (ask Charles Darwin for details).
Love and Joy to us all.