Women have a tough time in politics. Two recent examples – Lapgate, so called because Tom Barry TD pulled a reluctant and surprised female colleague onto his lap in the middle of one of the most important and contentious issues to come before Dail Eireann - the long-over due legislation of the X Case which will allow abortion in very limited and specific circumstances. The other more recent example was David Norris’s verbal attack on Regina Doherty in Seanad Eireann when he accused her of ‘talking through her fanny.’
The following poem is a tribute to the eloquence of Senator Norris.
The Eloquent Senator Norris
Oh, David, you’re a terror when you decide to fire
Verbal bullets primed with misogynistic ire.
A woman has a ‘fanny’ – that fact we can’t deny -
But it is not a mouthpiece with which to make reply.
You may be incandescent but is it right to hog
The floor of Seanad Éireann with a sexist monologue?
In fact, your own vocabulary is not exactly sparse
Yet when have we accused you of talking through your arse?
You speak about linguistics and discussions academic
But sexist rough and tumble has always been endemic
In the Dail and Seanad where bombastic eloquence
Is used as substitution for a dose of common sense.
© Laura Elliot