Tag Archives: Human Rights

Truth by Carol Robson.

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Truth

Openness is a fine virtue
that does leave you naked
to be raided by the bone pickers
scavenging for your faults
to bring substance to their sad lives
so they can troll their messages
of lies and innuendo’s.

Yet the trolls will never ascend
to the beauty of your soul
that shines from beneath
the layers of your humanity
that shows the very truth
of your beautiful pure nature.

© Carol Robson 2012

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Acceptance by Carol Robson

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Acceptance

Accepted for being you
but were you really?
Really didn’t get to know
the real beautiful you
their loss, not yours.

You accepted who you are
as did true friends
not just for entertainment value
or being politically correct.

This is my personal view
being different doesn’t suck
actually it bloody rocks
and I don’t give a fuck.

© Carol Robson 2012

I’m Not Invisible. (with soundcloud audio)

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I’m Not Invisible

I shrink away from this coldness
the coldness of an ordinary day
people lives – spent, moving in herds
some people moving alone – like cold dummies
self-consumed, need to be there – like yesterday
never seeing – dismissing – the frailness of others

People moving along, with a fixed glare
their lives with a purpose, that we do not know
moving as robots, programmed lives
mobile phones attached to their ears
or eyes glazed upon their screens
fingers walking in rhythm to their feet

Frailness still moves among them, warily – yet always alert
keeping  a sharp eye for the hunter
you’re the prey to be knocked over
by the robot that got side-tracked
the one that snarls; I never saw you
no words of sorry – makes it all your fault

I’m not invisible; I’m fucking real for god’s sake
I might be old – I might be disabled – so, I’m frail
Am I now, just an easy target – to be brushed aside
like it’s my fault for being in your way
so arsehole! – walk in my frail shoes for a day
experience the coldness and the blindness of the herd
get used to it – because, one day, this could be all yours.

© Carol Robson 2011

Loneliness and Isolation

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This is a poem I wrote early last year and seems relevant to this BBC News article on older age loneliness. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24572231

Loneliness and Isolation

You gazed through your window
watching the world passing by
sadly this was not your world
as you gazed from your void.

Your years so full of family and friends
now seemed such a distant memory
a memory that became far less vivid
only framed memories were your companions.

You didn’t want to bother your family
they didn’t seem to listen, always so busy
just a phone call would have brightened your day
taken you out, have a treat, just a visit, please.

A few hours a week your visitors appeared
a cleaner and a person with your meals
quickly gone with barely a word or smile
again long hours devoid of any other presence.

Hours, days and weeks seemed to merge into one
broken by those fleeting visitors into your prison
a prison with a view to a world that was no longer yours
a life on your own, should never have been endured.

Now family and friends are here for you
talking of bygone days, relived memories
your loneliness and isolation is now over
sadly, it took your passing to bring them here.
© Carol Robson 2012

Intersex Children and all Children’s Human Rights by Carol Robson BMedSci (Hons)

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Intersex Children and all Children’s Human Rights

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Carol Robson BMedSci (Hons)

 

The other day I came across this rather disturbing article about very young girls in a region of India being converted to boys, read here; http://www.hindustantimes.com/Docs-turn-baby-girls-into-boys/Article1-713863.aspx

When reading this article I became more horrified that many of these girls may well not have what we call an Intersex condition (Intersex refers to atypical internal and/or external anatomical sexual characteristics, where features usually regarded as male or female may be mixed at varying degrees, they used to be more commonly known as Hermaphrodites)

However, it appears that many families are so keen on having a son that they willing to have a daughter converted (articles word not mine) to a son and they are given extensive hormone treatment, which gives a belief that this a cultural/societal and even a patriarchal concept.  Even if this treatment is successful which I doubt very much, with reference that history tells us a different story on this subject, these so-called sons will be infertile and will not be able to keep a family lineage going.

Anyway let us be honest, this is disgusting, rights of children totally ignored, even if these children have an intersex condition they should be treated as the majority of intersex children already are, let these children taste puberty then they can make their own decisions on their gender.  No matter how much male hormone treatment they give these girls they will not as far as I’m concerned reverse their brain gender, which is developed during foetal development in the womb, therefore, it is nature not nurture.  I do really fear for these children when they reach puberty, physically they may look like boys, but their brains may well be telling them something different.  Medical history tells us how screwed up these children might finish up.  The David Reimer case is an example of this, although not born intersex, his penis was accidentally destroyed during a circumcision procedure and he was raised as a girl and it all went wrong when he reached puberty; read here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

Although the Yogyakarta Principles are not legally binding themselves, they were adopted (March 2007) as an interpretation of already binding agreements from the view point of sexual orientation and gender identity. Therefore, these Principles are persuasive in shaping an understanding of existing binding human rights obligations which relate to people who are sex and gender diverse.  On the subject of intersex children these principles state:

“This definition protects the right of people who are intersex to choose freely their gender identity. In particular, Principle 18 of the Yogyakarta Principles outlines the right to be protected from medical abuses based on gender identity: No person may be forced to undergo any form of medical or psychological treatment, procedure, testing, or be confined to a medical facility, based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Notwithstanding any classifications to the contrary, a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity are not, in and of themselves, medical conditions and are not to be treated, cured or suppressed”  http://www.yogyakartaprinciples.org/principles_en.htm

Therefore, let us get it right, that children born with an intersex condition should be afforded the same human rights as anyone else.  What is happening in the aforementioned article breaks all human rights, if these girls are not intersex or being operated on to save their life, but are basically being operated on and given hormone treatments to be boys because of certain family wishes then are not these societies just going against the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which applies to all children and young people aged 17 and under?  The Convention is separated into 54 ‘articles’: most of these give children social, economic, cultural or civil and political rights; while others set out how governments must publicise or implement the Convention. http://www.unicef.org/crc/

Now published in Verita Magazine

copyright 2011 Carol Robson