"Arise Then" featuring Laranjeiras

by Carlie Howell // Words by Julia Ward Howe

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Julie Ward Howe was an American poet, author, and social activist, who was a well known advocate for women’s suffrage. In 1870, she founded the weekly Woman’s Journal, a suffragist magazine which was widely read. That same year, she wrote her "Appeal to Womanhood Throughout The World,” later known as the Mother’s Day Proclamation.

I happened upon this very proclamation on Facebook a few years ago, and was really taken by her words. On the one hand, they paint a picture of a specific time and place, where the implied characters and relationships were hetero-normative and gender-normative. However, I also think that if we look beyond the context and deeper into the meaning, this piece speaks to the masculine and feminine in us all. I think it first and foremost recognizes women-identifying folk as valid no matter their background or creed, it validates their unique rights of passage into their own womanhood. It identifies the need for relevant agencies to serve women, to respond to their needs and their questions. It calls women to draw clear boundaries of intolerance around toxic masculinity and aggression, to teach our sons (and/or male friends, relatives, colleagues) feminine values such as charity, mercy, and patience, and to protect them and ourselves from toxic values such as aggression, vengeance, or imperialism. It draws a connection between the broken female spirit and a devastated Mother Earth, and identifies clearly the need for feminine healing to occur on a grand scale.

Ms. Howe calls women to perpetuate a message of peace, but does not ask us to be responsible for helping the menfolk heal, or for picking up their slack while they do their emotional work. It also acknowledges that in order for women to spread the message of peace, we first need to gather with one another, and start the process of peace by caring for ourselves and one another. To create spaces where can grieve our losses as women, grieve all that we have lost to toxic masculinity, and grieve for the unhealthy masculinity that we have inherited within ourselves and our communities.

I find this encouraging. Most days as a women in the world, I feel as though I am fighting a battle against masculinity that I’d rather not have to fight, but yet I am constantly confronted with. To counteract this, I seek out friendships, allie-ships and collaborations with men who embody positive masculine manifestations, and who have a healthy relationship with the feminine qualities in themselves and others. I embrace and educate the men in my life. And as a queer woman, I look for productive and healthy ways to balance masculine and feminine energy and gender roles within myself and my relationships. But I still crave the company of other women, look to find spaces where we can be together, feel together, and create together. Such as the zine “We Believe You” that this song appears in. And so, I share with you Julia Ward Howe’s words and my musical setting, performed by Laranjeiras - an all-female arts collective.

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ARISE THEN OH WOMEN OF THIS DAY
ARISE ALL OH WOMEN WHO HAVE HEART
WHETHER YOUR BAPTISM BE OF WATER OF OR TEARS

We will not have great questions answered by irrelevant agencies
Our husbands will not come to us reeking of
Carnage for caresses and applause

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them
Of charity mercy and patience

ARISE THEN OH WOMEN OF THIS DAY
ARISE ALL OH WOMEN WHO HAVE HEART
WHETHER YOUR BAPTISM BE OF WATER OF OR TEARS

We the women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs

Disarm Disarm from the bosom of the devastated earth
A voice goes up with ours Disarm
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice
Blood does not wipe our dishonour nor violence
Indicate possession as men have often forsaken
The plow and the anvil at the summons of war

Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel
Let them meet first as women
To bewail and commemorate the dead

ARISE THEN OH WOMEN OF THIS DAY
ARISE ALL OH WOMEN WHO HAVE HEART
WHETHER YOUR BAPTISM BE OF WATER OF OR TEARS

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly
Ask without limit of nationality that women meet
To promote the great and general interests of peace

ARISE THEN OH WOMEN OF THIS DAY
ARISE ALL OH WOMEN WHO HAVE HEART
WHETHER YOUR BAPTISM BE OF WATER OF OR TEARS

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released February 5, 2017
Words adapted from Julia Ward Howe
Music by Carlie Howell and Temporal

Performed by Laranjeiras
Carlie Howell : bass and lead vocals
Flavia Oliveira : triangle and vocals
Camila Susan : agogo de coco and vocals

Recorded by Mike Filippov

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Carlie Howell and The DeHarms Toronto, Ontario

"Carlie Howell and the DeHarms" play the original music of bassist and vocalist Carlie Howell. She is joined by drummer Topher Stott, guitarist Harley Card, and different special guests every gig who bring a host of diverse musical experiences to the jam. As a composer, Howell has a heart for adventure, which can be heard through the improvisations and interpretations of The DeHarms of the day! ... more

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