It appeared on social media
LinkedIn, to be exact
What I had - and he wanted - was a one-word domain name.
He had made a seductive offer, big bucks (his power, his right
I was meant for menopause, considered a deficiency disease in the 1930's, to be treated with testicular juice. (1)
It was a juicy offer.
I spoke to other artists, friends, IT consultants, attorneys.
I turned him down. I had the temerity to say No. It was, after all, my legacy. What would prevent him from using the domain for terrorism, porn, money laundering?
Surely the earth shook and the heavens shuddered.
Even the Supremes must have shuddered, since they just decreed that, in this land, "all of its women and girls have now been, by Court decree, declared official second citizens with no rights to their own bodies". (2)
Let alone a mind of their own.
We were not in the Constitution, Whoopi reminded us. We were not even people in the constitution. (3)
For 6 months I was bombarded with similar offers, most of which I rejected until finally I stopped replying.
I clearly was mis-informed.
That women are born to grovel
Down their ego. (4)
I would capitulate.
His much-anguished fury reminded me of Richard Lederer's "Anguished English":
"The human body is composed of three parts: The Brainium, the Borax, and the Abominable Cavity. The Brainium contains the brain. The Borax contains the lungs, the liver, and the living things. The Abominable Cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five: A, E, I, O, and U." (5)
2 words meant to make me squirm
Like a worm
To remind me of my place
Merely a feMALE
In the huMAN race.
As Robin Coste Lewis recounted,
"The world sits on the edge of God's razor.
And every day
He shaves his fat face." (6)
I made it razor sharp
Clear to his ear
And to any other Dude
Who boils my coils
Perhaps his toxic words
Caused the gods to bawl in despair
Tear out their hair.
I think he's just a corn pone
I'm jubilation to a T my friends
I'm jubilation to a T. (7)
c. Corinne Whitaker 2022
(1) Menopause and Menopausal Age
(2)) Michael Moore
(3) Whoopi Goldberg
(4) Corinne Whitaker, "Bully Bully Bang Bang"
(6) Robin Coste Lewis
(7) Jubilation T. Cornpone, lyrics by Stubby Kaye in the play "L'il Abner"