Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Keep Ya Head Up" by Tupac

This Tupac song is always inspirational to me because it recognizes that life is hard for women, and women give our lives to our children, families, and communities every day. One day I was jammin' this song for at least the 1,000 time, and I noticed this portion of the first verse:

Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can't make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up

I love this song. The survival of women will determine the future of our world. Reproductive choice is about healing, loving, and entrusting women with their own livelihood. I could criticize the possesive language in the song, but the semantics don't matter; the song recognizes the divine nature of women's role in the future of all people.

I wear a button that says:

"Until One understands the heart of a woman nothing else about abortion makes any since at all."
-Dr. George Tiller
Murdered May 31, 2009

It reminds me that working in reproductive health and education is about healing women's hearts, "And if we don't we'll have a race of babies, that will hate the ladies, who make the babies."


  1. Very good post. Thinking of my wife, sisters, and daughter. . .one cannot control their future until they control their reproductive capacities. Those who oppose that could care less about life, they care more about control of your life. Once you birth, you do not mean a royal shit to them.

  2. oh sparky, you always know just what to say. you might have a gift.

  3. I always thought that he was saying "he has *the* right to tell a woman" - this is such a freeing realization for me. Thank you!!!


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