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Leon Leonidas Valletta / Australia, Male, 59
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  • POEM: Homage To My Hips by Lucille Clifton (3/6/2013 1:13:00 AM)

    I came here following a link in a piece in the NYT, 'Black Women and Fat', by Alice Randall,5 May 2012.

    As Randall, an overweight black woman trying to get her weight under 200 lbs points out:

    FOUR out of five black women are seriously overweight. One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to try something new.

    Randall goes on to argue the African American women are fat because they want to be fat, and because their husbands want them to be fat. Thus females being fat is seen as being desirable in African American culture.

    Clifton, therefore, is not making a statement about being a powerful, independent woman, even if she thinks she is. Clifton is merely conforming to the expectations of African American culture, a culture shaped by male and female African Americans, but also of course shaped by white American culture.

  • POEM: Homage To My Hips by Lucille Clifton (3/6/2013 1:12:00 AM)

    I came here following a link in a piece in the NYT, 'Black Women and Fat', by Alice Randall,5 May 2012.

    As Randall, an overweight black woman trying to get her weight under 200 lbs points out:

    FOUR out of five black women are seriously overweight. One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to try something new.

    Randall goes on to argue the African American women are fat because they want to be fat, and because their husbands want them to be fat. Thus females being fat is seen as being desirable in African American culture.

    Clifton, therefore, is not making a statement about being a powerful, independent woman, even if she thinks she is. Clifton is merely conforming to the expectations of African American culture, a culture shaped by male and female African Americans, but also of course shaped by white American culture.

  • POET: Maya Angelou (9/20/2006 12:21:00 AM)

    Phenomenal He-man

    Hunky guys wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not big or built to suit a sport star’s size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the whiff from me pits
    And the thickness of me thighs,
    The hardness of me mitts,
    The way me hair lies.
    I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a woman,
    The ladies stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It's the redness in me eyes,
    And the hair on me chest,
    The way I swing at guys,
    When I give me best.
    I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Women themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the stiffness of me neck,
    And the crookedness of me teeth,
    The bulge of me deck,
    The cool that lies beneath.
    I'm a he-man

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not bowed.
    I don't shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the stomp of me boot,
    The grease in my hair,
    That I don’t give a hoot,
    My devil may care,
    'Cause I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Leon Leonidas

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