Manu was the name of the first man per India legends. The Indian word for man or human is derived from him. Manu also has variants like ‘man’ in Persian and ‘main’ in Hindi for ‘I’. And then of course ‘man’ also means mind in these languages.
Most Indo-European languages have two or three genders. Words change meaning with gender. And there are simple rules to modify words to reflect change in gender. It is remarkable how languages have evolved from the original three gendered sources. Was it grammarian humour?
What happens when different languages and cultures meet as in when masculine valour meets feminine valour on the battlefield?
Is a man less manly if he refers to his strength as she? Or is he emboldened by her?
With a scarf covering her head
She steps out into a contrarian world.
A soldier at war is she:
Fighting for her right to govern her body.
Misunderstood are they who encourage her.
Tangled is the logic that covers her.
Free she is:
Liberated to fight for the oppressed.