A young London woman, Ella Roberts, discovered a passage in one of her grandmother's old journals that is making people think not a lot has changed over the years. The writing is dated 1925 and reads:
There is no faith in a man,
Not even in a brother,
So girls if you must love
Love one another.
It could be that Grandma was simply going through a rough time, or maybe she believed women should have each other's backs. Who knows?
When Roberts shared her grandmother's writing on Twitter one thing was clear: plenty of women still relate:
so girls if you must love, love one another, yes lesbians unite, this 1925 lgbt queen— phyllis ✧ (@phyllisurpeth) March 23, 2018
And my grandmother said "don't tell a man everything! They're men, they will never understand" and it's true. Till this very day, it's true.— Carolina (@MissCarolinac) March 24, 2018
Actually tho like this grandma had some bars. Please discover an old lost Grandma mix tape— Grantata Wally (@GrantWallace6) March 23, 2018
And even though Grandma wrote the words nearly 100 years ago, the #NotAllMen contingent was out in force:
“Love one another. Also, here’s a hateful gender stereotyping message. But also love one another”— Eric Draht (@ERICTR0N) March 23, 2018
If men are trash, then women are trash too. Stop pushing the narrative of all men are terrible people, when women do the same thing. Seems like you're being the sexist one but you'll probably deny it.— Vincent Allen (@vallen1996) March 24, 2018
I wonder what the 1925 version of "Not all men..." was, considering there's at least one of those here now. XD— Tyrannostradamus (@Tyranostradamus) March 23, 2018
We were starting to think this, too:
To all the guys getting overly sensitive about this. Relax. Its just a sentiment as all women have had at least one negative experience with a male. Tho, you could always try to become better people. There is that too. Tho self-reflection doesn’t seem to be a strong suit. 🤷♀️— Anna (@georgiamay2041) March 23, 2018
Before everyone gets in a twist about who is being sexist toward who, it appears Grandma didn't write these words. According to Twitter user John Wilson, they were lyrics from a song called "Our Captain Cried." The song's entire title is "Our Captain Cried All Hands" and though it's provenance is murky, it was an old English folk song.
Many artists have performed the anti-war song over the decades — both women and men:
"You courted me a while just to deceive me— John Wilson (@tug) March 24, 2018
Now my heart you have gained, and you means to leave me
Saying, There's no belief in men, not my own brother
So girls if you can love, love one another"
From the song Our Captain Cried
Well played, Grandma. Well played.