Woman is the Nigger of the World Lyrics - John Lennon

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Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is...think about it
Woman is the nigger of the world
Think about it...do something about it


We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down, we pretend that she's above us


Woman is the nigger of the world...yes she is
If you don't believe me, take a look at the one you're with
Woman is the slave of the slaves
Ah, yeah...better scream about it


We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen
We tell her home is the only place she should be
Then we complain that she's too unworldly to be our friend


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Woman is the nigger of the world...yes she is
If you don't believe me, take a look at the one you're with
Woman is the slave to the slaves
Yeah...alright...hit it!


We insult her every day on TV
And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
When she's young we kill her will to be free
While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb


Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is...if you don't believe me, take a look at the one you're with
Woman is the slave to the slaves
Yes she is...if you believe me, you better scream about it


We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance
We make her paint her face and dance






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women are second class citizens everywhere | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/30/14

Women have to be concerned with violence against them everywhere they go just because they are women-- this is not true for men. The men that hate women that have commented here are proof of that. Physically we are always in danger. We live our lives looking over our shoulders hoping that it wont be us.There is no safe place for us on this planet.We will always be the second class citizen-- we are used as payment and barter and trade and killed and maimed as property. This is the reality-- saying anything different is lying.

All the chauvinistic over sensitive pigs need to stfu | Reviewer: Noway | 6/17/13

To the people who claim that Mr. & Mrs. Lennon's song is inaccurate:
Please tell me about the "power" and the "money" women possess over men in the world today, when simply riding a public bus in india could get you brutally gang raped.


this guy's right | Reviewer: Cat | 3/31/13

Some of these reviews say this song is bullshit and that women have power today. While yes, us women do have power to do what we want, that's not what he's talking about.

He means in the social context. In the social context, he's absolutely right. Maybe you don't like his extreme comparisons (using the word 'nigger' or comparing women to slaves), but that doesn't change the fact that society does make women paint their faces and dance.

Basically, women are expected to be pretty so they can attract a man and have kids with him. They get called ugly so they'll put on makeup and look pretty. But after they have kids they'll be called ugly all the same.

Is it worse in 3rd-world countries? Absolutely. But I can tell you that, as a woman, I can still feel the pressures he describes today.

Women are a bunch of lards and bloodsucking leeches | Reviewer: The Son Of Slave | 3/16/13

Im tired of the free liberal women who just annoy the fucking shit out of me, we give them equal everything and they still fucking annoy. We do the working the women do nothing. Nothing, and that is reality. The are cash pigs and do anything, marry anyone, who has money. Because of them, their inferiority and dehumanizing the world is a immoral place. Niggers? My moms doesn't go out of the house if we tried to drag her, she has 4 servants exclusively to work on her house. I was brought up by nannies and servant, she is not worth the space or rank that "some" say a mother has or does. Never did she ever help me on anything. Niggers? Then what the fuck am i? What the fuck am i? I am single and won't ever ever change that. Fuck'em. Hate them. Money sucking leeches.

SO TRUE | Reviewer: Poetico | 3/12/13

Black men won the right to vote 55 years before women did. Lennon is right, Women are the Niggers of the World. Women do 90% of the world's work and only receive 10% of the wealth.

Lennon was the nigger of the century | Reviewer: DDW | 3/9/13

This is more crap from an over zealous kiss ass liberal. And it's not true...woman have lots of power, it's the ones that do nothing about it or just accept it that are the fools...look at every commercial or Tv show... the man is always stupid and the woman is always smarter. Women can murder (abort) her baby without care or thought to the man...and then claim it is murder if someone causes her to lose the baby, if she miscarriages. It's total bullshit. I equate it to black people and abusing the race card, truth is they don't want racism to go away, they would lose that power to toss around. Take our token president, everyone is afraid to say anything against him and if you do you are labeled a racist. And he is a dumbass, if anyone thought Bush was stupid...Obama is more stupid, he spent more in 4 years than Bush spent in 8, It's a double standard.

Still Relevant Today | Reviewer: BeatlesFan | 10/28/12

The song can be simply interpreted from a global perspective ("of the world" as women being degraded, enslaved, and oppressed. Women are proudly displayed as sex symbols, trophy wives, beauty pageant contestants, or admired for their physical beauty instead of anything really of inner substance:"We make her paint her face and dance". Women do not have the intellectual capacity and talents as men beyond bearing and raising the children: "We insult her every day on TV
And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
When she's young we kill her will to be free
While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb".

Just from the last sentence of the first verse the message from Mr. and Mrs John Lennon is perfectly clear: "Think about it...do something about it". Although there have been advancements, more work needs to be done to secure total equality and freedom for everybody.

The phrases "women is the slave of the slaves" and "women is the slave to the slaves" really are disturbing and just summarizes the overall treatment and perception of women at a global level.

The rights of women are still making headlines. This is one of the important issues in the political arena.

Just last year, a woman was holding a sign with the words of the title of this song.

"Imagine" more than 4 decades later and this song is still relevant.

john lennon was standing up for womenin 3rd world countries but he couldve phrased it better | Reviewer: human rights guru | 8/31/12

i am sure by the nature of how he spoke that he meant to say " woman has been mistreated and has been treated like the nigger of the world. and im sure he would today if asked say that no one is a nigger and all peoples are valuable and vital!Girls /Ladies bring life and beauty and intelligence and are very strong.spoke symbolically perhaps trying to be poetic but .standing up for ladies to be treated better and without deceitful and injust double standards! power to the people ( meaning alllll persons)and stating clearly that women and children and so forth should not be treated as such ..thank God that even though there are still lower minded men who are only trying to overcompensate for small penises or some other short coming, that there are also wonderful men who realise that girls and ladies are just as special and important and resilient as a guy..it is in the differences that beauty is created and both should be appreciated. men r not perfect and neither are girls /ladies .People of all kinds are inhabitants of the planet and universe and of course anyone who is not a neanderthal or mindless cretin would understand that girls & ladies are both smart and vital and valuable.Different from guys and yet similar both males and ladies are meant to be respected.

It's all about context | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/23/12

When John Lennon wrote this song America was experiencing the second wave of Women's Liberation. Women were challenging feminine stereotypes, burning their bras, protesting the Miss America pageant, and demanding complete gender equality. It's obvious some of the commenters on this board don't understand the America of the 60s and 70s. Many also don't understand the treatment of women outside of America. Women in North America and Western Europe have come the furthest in terms of gender equality. Everywhere else, woman is still the nigger of the world. Think about it.

rebel without a cause? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/11

not all parents crush their childrens spirit. This is rubbish. Perhaps in some culturally authoritarian homes but thats the minority.Most parents love their kids and want them to do well in life. Some women 'want' to perform and paint their faces because they 'enjoy' it...and get well paid.
Some of the songs sentiments i'd go along with but the one size fits all don't wash with me.

Slavery is Dead (But Slavery Lives On) | Reviewer: hash | 2/24/09

To the reviewer above me, I could not agree more with your assessment of organized society. But if I may add something to your interpretation, I would say that even though Slavery has been abolished, the 'weakest' members of society are still being misrepresented and oppressed. One need not look any further than your own television. Turn on MTV, VH1, BET or the Disney Channel and see how we paint the faces of the meek and force them to perform, or 'dance', for our entertainment.

It is a crime that is committed everyday, in every country, on every continent on our globe, yet no one seems to be aware or startled at the apparent lack of real opportunities afforded to the poor and meek in our supposedly free society.

Everyday a child is born, and everyday that same child is murdered. It is murdered in spirit if not in physicality. They are told to mind and obey the will of their parents, lorded over by the 'father' like a fat duck guarding it's daily bread.

If that statement appears to be unrealistic or exaggerated, think for a moment back five, ten, even twenty years, all the way back to your very own childhood and tell me the people charged with your 'protection' weren't in all honesty and actuality suppressing your then-vibrant ego, placing your 'good' siblings against the 'bad' or 'spoiled' children, yourself may be included.

They say they are in fact protecting people from exploitation yet make others act and perform on stage, from the age of five years onwards in some cases, for unreasonable hours at a time. They make them shoot films and commercials, having them up all night, all to make their 'keepers' wealthy all the while 'putting aside' some pennies for the child when they come of age.

Yes, woman is truly the nigger of the world, and minorities and disabled persons, children and the poor. If you have any doubts as to my testimony, you need only to look towards your very own partner, child, ward or television.

The Slave of Slaves | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/08

John Lennon is intelligent, intuitive, insightful, rebellious, and outspoken in the lyrics to this song more than usual. He uses the emotion-laden word "nigger" to refer to any slave in general. Every person is enslaved by the society he or she is born into, and woman is the greatest slave of all in terms of numbers, constituting approximately one-half of the total population in any society. No other human group is exploited as much as females. Children, persons of color, and left-handed (right-brained; creative) persons are not as greatly oppressed in terms of numbers.

When every child is born, we kill his or her will to be free -- we break his or her spirit. And this is most true for females, again in terms of numbers of persons. This is done because human males are inferior to human females. Males contribute only sperm to the survival of the species, and females do all the rest of the work. Thus, males are afraid of females, and males devise methods and techniques to dominate females. The most notable among these methods is organized religions with their male deities. Most males are threatened by an intelligent female, so females are conditioned to “play dumb” if you want to catch a male to marry you. No self-respecting female will play this suicidal game. But a female like Joan of Arc and the so-called witches of Salem exemplify what happens to talented and gifted females. Only a feeble male would be threatened by intelligence in any female including his own wife.

This is all part of the agenda of every society to condition all of its members to be biological robots. To escape from this self-chosen trap and prison, each individual can go within to transcend his or her mind. Meditation techniques were devised for this purpose. The inner space can bring one to the innermost center of his or her being, and thereby to directly, immediately experience the ultimate beyond, to know who and what he or she is.

The real freedom is inner freedom. The real revolution is the inner revolution. Unless you master your own mind and ego-self, you will be a spiritual slave. Slaves of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your self-chosen chains of repression.



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