Sunday, March 8, 2015

Speaking on women

Happy International Women's Day, y'all.

It's hard for me to fathom how far women have come in the world, but I love to see people embracing how strong, substantial, and influential women of all races, nationality, social classes, sexualities, etc., have always been. In honor of today, I wanted to share some of my favorite poems about women, a portion of my love language. They've made me feel empowered and emotional and angry and proud of everything we can be.

Sarah Kay, "The Type"
Do not mistake yourself for a guardian.
Or a muse. Or a promise. Or a victim. Or a snack.
You are a woman. Skin and bones...

Dominique Christina, "The Period Poem"
My own cervix is mad influential;
everybody I love knows how to bleed with me.

Clementine von Radics, "Advice to Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions"
You don't need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever even told you you could be.

I hope something resonates with you today and makes you feel stronger. Whether it's a poem, a show's theme song, someone's message to their younger self, a Nobel Prize speech, or someone who loves you. I hope you're surrounded by women who constantly baffle, challenge, and encourage you. Because we're pretty damn great.