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‘Stop playing the macho on us; we don’t fall for that anymore!’

Kazete is an Independent Women Newspaper · 14 August 2011

‘Stop playing the macho on us; we don’t fall for that anymore!’

Author Meltem Arikan, who questions men and women’s sexual freedom and alienation to their bodies in her novels, sent a letter to men all over the world in English and Turkish via twitter.

Turkey’s one of the leading novelists’ and Kazete columnist Meltem Arikan, sent a letter to men starting with ‘Hey, patriarchal man! First be a man’ from her twitter account.

Here is Arikan’s letter:

HEY, MAN OF PATRIARCHY!
FIRST BE A MAN!
SECOND, BE AWARE OF YOUR MANKIND!
THIRD, ACT AS A MAN!
LEAVE THIS PATRIARCHY ISSUE ASIDE!
FOURTH, BE AWARE OF WOMENKIND! WE WOMEN NEED YOU, BE OUR LOVER.
DO NOT PUT ON MACHO STYLE, WE DO NOT MIND SUCH MANNERS ANYMORE!
WE WON’T PRETEND AS IF WE ARE SATISFIED, JUST TO PLEASE YOU.
DO NOT GET FIXATED IN OLD SCHOOL WAYS.
PUT THE MUSCLE POWER ASIDE, WE NEED YOUR CONSCIOUS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD.
LET’S MAKE LOVE, BE INTEGRATED AND SET UP THE NEW DIGITAL WORLD WITH  COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS!
GIVE UP SETTING BORDERS OF FEARS BETWEEN SOCIETIES, BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, BETWEEN RACES AND BETWEEN RELIGIONS!
IN THE DIGITAL WORLD, MEN AND WOMEN WILL CROSS THE BORDER OF FEAR TOGETHER. BE SMART, REMOVE THESE BORDERS WITH WOMAN.
TRANSITION HAS ALREADY BEGUN; IT’S BETTER FOR YOU TO JOIN IT!
WE NEED YOU, YOU NEED US!