Yesterday I shared a slam poem titled Fuck You, at 100,000 Poets for Change; a global event where poets and musicians come together all over the world to share pieces on social justice, sustainability, change and the environment. •
Fuck You is about the gendered nature of sexual harassment and assault, the unequal treatment and constant fear that all women live through. This piece is for all women. It is for every woman who has been catcalled, harassed, or followed home. This piece is for every woman who has been groped, forced into situations and actions they didn't want. It is for every woman who has been assaulted. This piece is for every woman who isn't believed (by friends, family, police or judges) when she comes forward about sexual assault. It's for every woman that the legal system fails to protect.
This piece is very close to my heart, and I was very honored to be able to share it with others. The support I've received from it is both incredible and heartbreaking. My performance of has been recorded for a film about spoken word poetry, and I have been invited to share it at an event in October that addresses violence against women. I have also been contacted by a publishing company interested in publishing this piece. It makes me extremely happy to know that I will be reaching a wider audience, that women will feel support, and that men may be educated on the impact of both micro and macro aggressions. •
However, with that being said, sharing this piece has also been extremely difficult. I have performed it three times, and each time, EVERY SINGLE WOMAN who has approached me afterwards has told me they have experienced some form of sexual violence. My heart shatters into a million pieces every time I hear this. My heart breaks at how often we fail to respect and protect the women of this world, at how many women are consistently living in fear of the world and the men around them. We need to do more; be better... (more to come) #yesallgirls #yesallwomen #endrapeculture #consentissexy #nomeansno #takebackthenight #feminism #genderequality #endsexualviolence #endsexualassault #girlsbiteback #fuckyou