Rainey Creative Responses

Poem: Untitled by Nandini Patel, Mercy Yap, Christina Wilson, Ayesha Kuwari and Wen Wong

Untitled by Nandini Patel, Mercy Yap, Christina Wilson, Ayesha Kuwari and Wen Wong

They said it had nothing to do with sex

It was only a necessity to attract him

Highly anomalous and inconvenient

Market forces-different negotiating machinery-

An objectively justified

Accident.

Take heed to the words ‘between her case and his’

The context is important.

Poem: A prosthetic for the heart of justice by Alison Howell

A prosthetic for the heart of justice by Alison Howell

Is it an accident? Our existence

Here it is easy to see

Women, an inconvenience

We are nothing

Nothing and unreasonable

There is no need here to justify discrimination

Discussion is prohibited

Take advantage of this silence

No doubts are expressed

Just acceptance

Held

Women are dismissed.

Poem: Material Steps by Martin Nedyalkov

Material Steps by Martin Nedyalkov

do not count the steps
for there was no alternative action
running away from trauma
is not what the law should sanction

immediate danger at material time
is a test that sounds at first fine
but dig at oppression, dig at home crime
that world is not yours, Lord justice, it’s mine

Poem: MAN OR WOMAN MADE NO DIFFERENCE TO ME

MAN OR WOMAN MADE NO DIFFERENCE TO ME

MAN OR WOMAN MADE NO DIFFERENCE TO ME

THE DOOR WOULD BE WIDE OPEN

WALK STRAIGHT THROUGH IT

HE WAS PAID MORE

ENTITLED

SIMILAR QUALIFICATIONS

ACCIDENT

GENUINE MATERIAL DIFFERENCE

INDIRECT DISCRIMINATION

DELIBERATELY

DISCRIMINATES AGAINST A WOMAN

OBJECTIVELY JUSTIFIED

UNNECESSARY TO CONSIDER THE ARGUMENT FURTHER.

Poem: An Accident by Imogen Haywood and Rebecca Barclay

An Accident by Imogen Haywood & Rebecca Barclay

A man. A woman.

Between her case and his.

Same time and on the same conditions,

Nothing to do with sex.

Qualifications and experience were broadly similar,

All happened to be men.

Disparity between the prosthetists,

Irrespective of extrinsic forces.

Treated no less favourably,

No doubt on the evidence.

I did not pay him more because he was a man.

Poem: Untitled by Amalia Albu

Untitled by Amalia Albu

How can she be respected,

How can she treat her patients,

How can she care for her children,

How can she fight the market forces,

How can she qualify and gain experience,

How can she negotiate with the establishment,

How can it just be a material difference based on sex

When it was just ‘ an accident ’?