WGST 2P98 Chapter : WGST 2P98, Week 4, Sarah De Vries, reading Note

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Woman: A Poem By Sarah De Vries (1969-1999) Week Four Reading
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Women’s body found beyond recognition
You sip your coffee
Taking a drag of your smoke
Turning the page
Taking a bite of your last toast
Just another day
Just another death
Just one more thing you so easily forget
You and your soft, sheltered life
Just go on and on
For nobody special from your world is gone
Just another day
Just another death
Just another Hastings Street whore
Sentenced to death
No judge
No jury
No trial
The judges gavel already fallen
Sentence already passed
But you
You just sip your coffee
Washing down your throat
She was a broken down angel
A child lost with no place
A human being in disguise
She touched my life
She was somebody
She was no whore
She was somebody special
Who just lost her way
She was somebody fighting for her life
General feeling that we see this (death) as just “one more.
That through our middle-class white privilege we often push these events away unless there is
some way we can relate (end of poem?)
That through both the (visual, what is seen with the eyes) reality and perceptions of stereotypes
and our shaped opinions (by media and life programming?) of “street people” (from this area of
Vancouver) we become accustomed to it (violence, death) and we really just want to avoid it
and keep it out of our physical everyday lives. Facing it can be scary.
Bring emotions into the situation to try and make the average (privileged, white) middle-class
person relate to the person (victim), make them a human still.
o From dehumanize to humanize.
o A friend, human with meaning and value in life/someone else’s life.
The author uses relatable words and phrases such as: lonely, lost child, all alone, scared,
“night”, out of breath (gasping), and emotions we all feel, perhaps invoking a touch of (subcon-
scious) guilt.
“Complacency of the average middle-class person as part of the problem.
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