10 Slam Poems In Honor of Women's History Month

10 Slam Poems In Honor of Women's History Month

Go forth and be feminists!
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According to the Merriam-Webster English Dictionary, the word “feminism” is not as wishy-washy as the culture of 21st century American life has made it out to be. It does not mean, as some alt-right activists (read: racist, misogynistic pigs) would have us believe, being a man-hating, hairy legged lesbian (although, it certainly can mean that and to all those hairy legged lesbians out there- I do not condone hatred toward anyone- I see you and I think you are amazing). It is not either, as an entry on Urban Dictionary states, “a pitiful reason for fat chicks to get on TV.” In fact… I’m not really even sure what that means. Most of all, it is not a philosophy, movement, ideology that advocates or believes in the superiority of women over men.

Rather, it is a philosophy, movement, ideology that believes that the fucking saddlebags of oppression have been weighing women down for far too long. It is a philosophy, movement, ideology built from the bones and dust and yes, the raging bloody rivers from inside the depths of all the glorious uteri. It is a philosophy, movement, ideology that acknowledges the forced silences of white women. It is a philosophy, movement, ideology that MUST learn to acknowledge the silences of black women, Asian women, Latina women, trans women, and all the women in between.

Since, as a white, straight woman, I cannot speak for all women, here are five wonderful slam poems that speak to the many different experiences of the women that make up this diverse country.

1. "9 Things I Would Like To Tell To Every Teenage Girl" by Melissa Newman-Evans

Favorite line: "The world is trying to kill you. It is trying to do this by stealing your voice... Kill it back."


2. "Ain't I A Woman" by Kai Davis

Favorite line: "Didn't a white girl closed-mouth smile at me today, tell me I'm beautiful then hack apart my body? Wear my lips, ass, and hair like a costume?"


3. "Maybe All Transgender People Are Really Vampires" by Chrysanthemum Tran

Favorite line: "Maybe I was born womb-less and wounded, born bloodthirsty for whatever would make me more woman."


4. "Unbuttoning My Boy Shirt" by Joy Young

Favorite line: "It is easy for eyes to read me in binary dress code. One zeroes in on my body and hair and clothes, how they clash expectation."


5. "The Bride" by Emi Mahmoud

Favorite line: "The first thing her mother taught her was how to wipe the tears before the blood dries. Shredded knees heal, but shame never fades away."


6. "#gamergate" by Elisa Chavez

Favorite line: "They treat me like so much public pixel and blame me for dressing in the only skin I get."


7. "10 Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy" by Rachel Wiley

Favorite line: "The phrase 'big girls need love too' can go die in a fire."


8. "Ode To My Bitch Face" by Olivia Gatwood

Favorite Line: "Bitch Face, I don't blame you for taking the iron pipe from their hands and branding yourself with it, for making a flag out of your body bag."


9. "To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang" by Rachel Rostad

Favorite line: "Thank you for giving me no heritage. Thank you for giving me a name as generic as a ninja costume."


10. "The Period Poem" by Dominique Christina

Favorite line: "Spill your impossible scripture all over the good furniture."


This month is women’s history month. That’s what we get, I guess. A month, to make up for all the histories we didn’t get to write. It isn’t perfect, but I suppose it’s a start.Here’s hoping they’ll get you pumped up to destroy the patriarchy and make your voice heard!

So, go forth, be feminists, and let your feminism be intersectional.




Cover Image Credit: NY Daily News

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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