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Yemisi Ilesanmi (YEMMYnisting)
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Proudly Feminist, Proudly Bisexual, Proudly Atheist!
Proudly Feminist, Proudly Bisexual, Proudly Atheist!

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What is it with these nincompoop Christians and their invasive, entitled, ignorant evangelism? I came home from a nice weekend away, opened my door and found this evangelical card stapled to a pack of Haribo sweets on my floor. It was slipped into my home through my mailbox. The creepy message reads “IT’S OK! There is no need to be scared! (If you have Jesus on your side), while the other side quoted a bible verse.

As an atheist, are you saying I should I start freaking out as I do not have your imaginary Jesus by my side?

What if I were a practising Muslim and believe I have Mohammed by my side, should I be scared cos according to you, I should be scared if I don’t have Jesus?

What if I have Zeus, or the Gods and Goddesses of my ancestors Ogun, Obatala, Oshun, Oya or Sango by my side? Ah, of course, you already called my Ancestral Gods blind, dumb and deaf in your bible. Same Bible you gave my ancestors while you stole their land and cart them off to a lifetime of slavery in foreign lands. #Atheist #Religion #Halloween #HolyTrinitySpringfield
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What is it with these nincompoop Christians and their invasive, entitled, ignorant evangelism? I came home from a nice weekend away, opened my door and found this evangelical card stapled to a pack of Haribo sweets on my floor. It was slipped into my home…
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Proud to wear purple today to support Spirit day.
What is Spirit Day?
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives.

Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 18th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. #spiritday #wearpurple #lgbt #lgbtrights #stopbullying #humanrights #againstbullying #bisexual #bisexuality #Bifabulous #Diversity #equality #equalityanddiversity #inclusion #inclusionmatters #advocacy #purpledress #purpleshoes #purplenails #fitfam #positivevibes #motivation #transformation #inspiration #instafit #curves #curvywoman #blackgirlmagic #celebratelife
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Today October 11th is the UN International Day of the Girl. Say NO to Sexism, Stand up for Equality. #Dayofthegirl

BECAUSE I AM A GIRL.

Trembling she holds her tummy
Knowing this fourth baby coming
Will be her making or breaking
She moans, her world hanging
Groaning she strains
Not just from labour pains
With one more push, I came panting
With just a look, she screamed fainting
A reprieve from the moment of truth
Husband in-laws with new wife struts
Buckle up; it’s going to be a rough ride
Because I am a girl

In the kitchen I am taught to cook
While the boys read from the books
They eat the juiciest meat to grow strong
I eat what is spared though I feel it’s wrong
The floors I am to sweep and scrub
Even though I never get to roll and ball
For water I walk long distance to the wells
Galloping boys to school with pride swell
Head bowed I balance my buckets
Heads up they balance their books
I cannot join them in the grid
Because I am a girl

Only 14 they say I am ripe
Is my life all about strife?
I see the world through a veil
Body in robes not to be vain
With every inch covered
My value is coveted
I feel subjugated
My clitoris mutilated
They say I am born only to satisfy
Pleasures and desire of my buyer
A child bride in the crib

Because I am a Girl
I stare into the dark clouds
A tiny silver lining urges
I am human
Not just woman
I can nurture the earth
Heal and give it a caring heart
Break free the chains of patriarchy
Oppression nurtures hierarchy
No matter the sex
We all can excel
I can see me fly high
Because I am a girl!
BY © YEMISI ILESANMI https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2013/07/09/because-i-am-a-girl/
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Today is the Day of the Girl and National Coming Out Day. Here is one of my poems that speaks to both issues.

THEY SAY IT IS CULTURE, I SAY IT IS TORTURE!

They say it is culture
I say it is torture
Born a woman, a reason to be oppressed
It is culture, a woman must be suppressed
I must never be too forward
They will only drag me backward
As a woman I must learn to be submissive
For a man has the power to be dismissive
To be accepted
I must be subjected!

Different meals I must prepare
That’s what makes me special
They say teas I must make
Special cakes I should bake
The butter I churn amidst the patter
To children and husband I pander
Hanging on to my apron often
As I take the heat of the Oven
I am sweating
He is swearing
Well he is the Man
And I am just a Woeman

They celebrate polygamy
But condemn polyandry
Why must he have all the fun
Having his beer belly rub in the sun
He has status, he must be a chief
Cos he has so many wives as chefs
Catering to his every need
Ready to bear all his seeds
Many lovers will leave me a pariah
I can be stoned according to Shariah

I am a child and there goes my friend
I can’t see her face; she is covered like a fiend
They say it makes her a woman worthy
Her value rises when a man comes forth
She is just a child that needs to play
Without all the covers to drag and slay
We were playing in the rain
Now I search for her in vain
Someone has carted her off to marry
She is just a kid, Oh how I worry
Now she will never be merry
As that old man pops her cherry

I am a child born an atheist
Only to be told I must be a theist
To their services I am dragged
While all they do is brag
About their god fearing child
Oh how I wish for a shield
From all that talk of heaven and hell
I would rather be left in my shell
As the thought of a burning fire
Leaves me bewildered and tired
But they think I must have
With them a myth to share
A god to offer supplications
As I submit my applications

See I am gay
So I have no say
They say it is a taboo
But this is not a tattoo
That leaves me a choice
Now I have found my voice
With Pride I reject your offer
In silence I will no longer suffer
Safety and silence for my sexuality
It’s too high a price for my mentality
Now you know one man‘s culture
Is really another woman’s torture!
BY © YEMISI ILESANMI
https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2013/10/07/they-say-it-is-culture-i-say-it-is-torture/
#Dayofthegirl #NationalComingOutDay!
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Today is the Day of the Girl and National Coming Out Day. Here is one of my poems that speaks to both issues.

THEY SAY IT IS CULTURE, I SAY IT IS TORTURE!

They say it is culture
I say it is torture
Born a woman, a reason to be oppressed
It is culture, a woman must be suppressed
I must never be too forward
They will only drag me backward
As a woman I must learn to be submissive
For a man has the power to be dismissive
To be accepted
I must be subjected!

Different meals I must prepare
That’s what makes me special
They say teas I must make
Special cakes I should bake
The butter I churn amidst the patter
To children and husband I pander
Hanging on to my apron often
As I take the heat of the Oven
I am sweating
He is swearing
Well he is the Man
And I am just a Woeman

They celebrate polygamy
But condemn polyandry
Why must he have all the fun
Having his beer belly rub in the sun
He has status, he must be a chief
Cos he has so many wives as chefs
Catering to his every need
Ready to bear all his seeds
Many lovers will leave me a pariah
I can be stoned according to Shariah

I am a child and there goes my friend
I can’t see her face; she is covered like a fiend
They say it makes her a woman worthy
Her value rises when a man comes forth
She is just a child that needs to play
Without all the covers to drag and slay
We were playing in the rain
Now I search for her in vain
Someone has carted her off to marry
She is just a kid, Oh how I worry
Now she will never be merry
As that old man pops her cherry

I am a child born an atheist
Only to be told I must be a theist
To their services I am dragged
While all they do is brag
About their god fearing child
Oh how I wish for a shield
From all that talk of heaven and hell
I would rather be left in my shell
As the thought of a burning fire
Leaves me bewildered and tired
But they think I must have
With them a myth to share
A god to offer supplications
As I submit my applications

See I am gay
So I have no say
They say it is a taboo
But this is not a tattoo
That leaves me a choice
Now I have found my voice
With Pride I reject your offer
In silence I will no longer suffer
Safety and silence for my sexuality
It’s too high a price for my mentality
Now you know one man‘s culture
Is really another woman’s torture!
BY © YEMISI ILESANMI
https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2013/07/09/because-i-am-a-girl/
#Dayofthegirl #NationalComingOutDay!
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Below is my poem 'I am Coming Out'. I hope it encourages you to come out of the closets, spread your rainbow wings, and fly as high as you can, on your own terms! Happy #NationalComingOutDay

I am coming out, out of my shell
Long under the influence of your spells
Locked away in your antique culture cell
Where no one could hear me yell
I had screamed all in vain
Only I could feel the pain
It is time to break the chains
The ghosts of the past I must slay
Weighed down by societal shackles
Banging to be out, proud and sparkle

I am coming out, out of my shell
Doing away with your lying shields
It is unnatural, you scream
You will burn in hell, you preach
Fires and brimstones you rake
From your societal grip I break
In angry defence the truth I seek
To be free, to be me, I must speak
Coming out, head high, sets me free
I am proud, out and ready to peak

I am coming out, out of my shell
Proud to be out, I am ready to excel
Cultural lies and crumbs I was spooned
Like a caterpillar so long cocooned
I burst out as a beautiful butterfly wrings
Spreading my colorful rainbow wings
Shamed I might flounder and saunter
I will rise above slanders and be a flaunter
From the sidelines I am no longer peeping
Now I take center stage as I burst out singing
By © Yemisi Ilesanmi https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2013/05/17/i-am-coming-out/
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There are few points I cannot stress enough, these are:
• Coming Out is as much of a right as staying in the Closet.
• We all have a right to protest or not protest our oppression. The fact that I choose to speak out against my oppression does not infringe on your right to remain silent. I won’t force you to carry protests placards, please do not assume you can force me to go into the closet.
• Strategies differ, respect my strategy and I will respect yours but do not force your strategy down my throat.
• Labels do not cease to be labels simply because they are local labels. Gender and sexual identification is a personal right, it is not the duty of a community whether foreign or local, to force a label on anyone.
• LGBTs, especially African LGBTs, need to first convince themselves that LGBT Rights are Human Rights. It is not a rhetoric, it is not a slogan; it is a conviction. Any residue of doubt about the validity of the claim leads to hesitation about standing up for your inalienable human rights.

I do not need the approval of anyone before I stand up and assert my human right not to be discriminated against based on my sexual orientation. My advocacy is about opening other people’s eyes to this self-evident truth. It is my hope that other sexual minorities would come to this self-realisation and stop apologising for who they are.

Cultural Censorship has no place in a democracy and Culture should never be an excuse for victimisation.
Happy #NationalComingOutDay https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2013/06/25/cultural-censorship-my-coming-out-is-not-a-threat-to-your-closet/
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Closets are for clothes; I am more than my clothes.
Closets are for objects; I am not an object.
Closets are for non-living things; I am a living thing.
Closets are prisons; I refuse to be a prisoner.
Closets are forced on many; I reserve the right to break free

I acknowledge that coming out of the closets is not an easy task for many of us, but remember, we have just this one life to live.
Do not waste it hiding in closets.
Live it with your heads high.
Step out of the closets and be proudly you.
Break free from the stale air of the closets and breathe in the air of freedom. Reach out to the many support groups like Project Out that are available to help guide you out of the closets.

For all those still struggling to come out of the closets, I wish you the strength to break free from those walls, the support to stare your prisoners down and the joy of breathing the air of freedom.
Happy #NationalComingOutDay! https://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2014/10/11/closets-are-for-clothes-i-am-more-than-my-clothes-i-am-coming-out/
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