Author's Note: 0.2 miles. 2 blocks. 5 minutes. That is all it took for my friends and I to be catcalled three times on the walk from school to the local bookshop. One man walked past us. One rolled down his car window. One was on his bike. We were just 15 years old; still carrying our school bags. Usually, we would brush it off as something “to get used to” in the Downtown Miami area, but that day something took over us. We were furious. That day, we were robbed of our innocence.
This slam poem was our emotional response.
Baby, smile more!
I’m tired of being told that feeling unsafe should be a compliment.
Walking down the street is a battle, and I am an unarmed soldier.
Since I was a child, I was told to be careful.
But when my skirt was pulled and I felt uncomfortable,
you told me– “boys will be boys”.
I’m walking home alone, and his car pulls up.
Which will win? The keys in his car or the ones in my hand?
Is this what you meant when you said “boys will be boys?”
I look over my shoulder. He’s still following me.
You’re so beautiful, babe.
And also underage.
I pull out my phone and dial 911, ready to call.
Should I run?
Don’t tell me you make me run down the street
because I’m the prettiest face you've ever seen.
I’m tired of feeling defenseless.
I’m tired of your bullshit excuses.
I’m tired of living in fear.
I am not an object in need of your approval.
And neither are the other 3 and a half billion women in this world.
Mother Nature is resilient though, and so are women.
Think of yourself as a pie. (I prefer blueberry.) The pie is divided into slices, and as the maker of the pie you have control over the size of each one. Hopefully, you have gathered by now that this dessert is a metaphor for life.
The Michigan Difference” being its spectacular education, athletics and unparalleled resources...but the real Michigan difference is that the women at the university are saints and the men are pigs
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In most cultures, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a handful of outdated cultural norms.
Skewed and false versions of history presented to us with a neat bow on top, meant to continue systems of oppression and inequality.
Even our own vision of ourselves is tainted by the sexist agenda we are constantly subjected to.
With any form of branding, comes the valuation
We have all judged someone else because of their style choices, and we have all been untrue to ourselves when we refuse to wear what we want because of the fear of others.
The Girl is Using Poetry To Change Society.
Inspired by the line “I eat mean like air”, I wrote the last stanza of this poem
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In a way, we are detached because we always identified as Singaporeans.
“A woman you now are,” my mother closed her eyes…
Women today must reclaim the identity of the muse.
“But… You don’t even look Nicaraguan.”
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Set aside some time for a little ~self-exploration~
Rehana and her team are expanding this space dedicated to representing Asian women.
I’ve noticed the dissociation I experience when I hear someone casually throw around words like “bipolar,” “depressed,” “anxious,” or “retarded.”
Exploring topics of feminism in television usually goes one of two ways…
And why women are the same way.
‘Pro-life’ has a lot of meanings.
The need for young women to connect with each other is even more prevalent.
And while I absolutely look forward to legally ordering a glass of prosecco at dinner like a real grown-up lady, my impending birthday has also made me stop and reflect on some of the few nuggets of wisdom I have acquired over the last two decades
Author: Melanie Rodriguez
Melanie Rodriguez from Miami, Florida is a rising college freshman at Florida International University majoring in Journalism. In addition to her love for the written word, Melanie is also an avid performer and producer. She combines her passions with her dedication to political activism to approach these topics in a creative manner; she hopes to create a non-profit organization in the near future to address these issues through youth interaction. Melanie is eager to work with Make Muse to enact social change through creative means.