Daily Dialogue: Power Play

A little late today, but that’s the way of the weekend, I suppose. Tomorrow’s gonna be much earlier, though, because it’s Bowie-Gaiman Day and I’ll probably come home on sensory overload. So, on the penultimate day of the 20-minute routine before upgrading, I’m writing two women talking to each other, with a kernel of an idea.

Shelley
Look at him drool.

Fiona
Yeah, it gets so you can make a man do anything.

Shelley
And why not? Women have been taking shit for decades. Men should grovel once in a while.

Fiona
I’d be careful.

Shelley
Why?

Fiona
Men are human.

Shelley
Yeah…?

Fiona
Women are also human.

Shelley
What’s with the science lesson?

Fiona
Just because women can wrap men around their fingers doesn’t mean that the reverse can’t be true.

Shelley
Misogynist!

Fiona
Realist. C’mon, we’re both friends. Years-long friends.

Shelley
So we are!

Fiona
Why can’t we have a conversation sometimes that challenges our friendship?

Shelley
You expect this to challenge our friendship?

Fiona
You have very strong opinions of the male race.

Shelley
Without being cartoonish, yes.

Fiona
Whereas I have very strong opinions of humanity.

Shelley
For reasons I’ll never know.

Fiona
You’ll know now: because I feel that both genders are fucked and fucked-up.

Shelley
Pfft, women aren’t fucked-up. And if we are, I’m not saying that we are, but if we are, it’s because men essentially beat us up for thousands of years.

Fiona
Then how can we say that we’re better if we allow ourselves to be submissive?

Shelley
You’re going down a dangerous road, Fiona…

Fiona
We’re adults and if we can’t say “controversial” things that stimulate conversation, then what the fuck?

Shelley
No, I get you, just don’t have this talk with too many people.

Fiona
And that’s the problem. Being too afraid to say anything because of gestapo tactics.

Shelley
I’m too buzzed to know if you used that word right, but let’s talk. You’re saying that women are weak because we allow men to keep us down.

Fiona
No, I’m saying that women can’t say that they’re better because of all the submission.

Shelley
So men are better? Misogynist!

Fiona
I’m not saying that, either. Men aren’t better because they’re restricting what women can do for this or that reason.

Shelley
So who’s better?

Fiona
No one’s better, Shelley.

Shelley
But there has to be.

Fiona
Why?

Shelley
Because… Because…

Fiona
We don’t need one better than the other. We need both to be equals.

Shelley
Communist!

Fiona
Yeah, yeah, yeah… Pass the vino.

Shelley
No, I understand you. I don’t agree, but I understand you.

Fiona
Well, it’s a start. I just need to convince the billions…

Shelley
And billions.

Fiona
Out there.

Shelley
Can women at least go on a century-long revenge terror before we shake hands?

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