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Accession No: TWCMS : 2009.552
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SummaryChristina's story is in two parts. The first is about the stages of life and the second is a reflection on how women are still 'chained' to the kitchen sink.
By Christina McAdam
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Kicking, screaming, yelling
She emerged from the womb's warmth.
The shock of sound- voices, metal clanging
The brightness forcing the eyes open.
She had arrived.
A new womb now, a cocoon of sensations-
thoughts, eureka moments, the joy of discovery.
Tales of the old country.
Later, still kicking and screaming
She found her own voice.
Assertive ideas turned to challenges.
Refusal to accept.
Heartache through knowledge
A cynicism of systems
deadening dreams and ideals.
Now- the joy of rediscovered innocence.
Shrunken fingers, bulging muscles
Wringing out the past.
Cleansing soft fabric on harsh metal
Pounding life into cleanliness.
Now, liberation in a machine
Swirling, swishing automated labour
Freedom in a tub.
Women labour now with new technology.
Driers, spinners, grinders, deep fat fryers.
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