To Them, From Us

To those left unheard.
Your voice is strong.
You will find it.
I will hear you.

To those shoved aside.
Your body is invincible.
They cannot take what you do.
I will stand by your side.

To those they pretend are not worthy.
Your worth is yours.
Catcalls mean nothing.
We will be worthy together.

To those who’s bodies are no longer their own.
You will take back what is yours.
They have not the power you do.
We will take it back together.

For the injustice they create.
For the abortion clinics protested.
For the boys “just being boys”
For the women and girls expected to take it.

They will hear us.
We will go on.

This poem was inspired by the following prompt and a poem written by my friend Sarah that she showed me this morning about the Women’s March.
I have to admit to hesitating posting this, politics are not my thing and I’m not looking for hate. But if I can’t use this platform to express myself, then I might as well shut it down now.

via Daily Prompt: Oversight

Slam Status

This is short, simple and conveys so many things it should not be possible. It means so much to me in so many different ways. More than anything though, it’s the woman who speaks it. She is the epitome of strength and power, of what she’s talking about and it creates a perfect story that I am happy to hear time and time again.

Melissa Newman-Evans – “9 Things I Would Like to Tell to Every Teenage Girl”

Slam Status

This one is for those without a different setting, that live in their world and only want that. What others want for them, for females, in irrelevant and this spoken word poet is amazing at getting that message of feminism and being your own self better than most I’ve seen. This poem of hers is one I watch again and again. I’m also sure Harry Potter fans will appreciate it.

Brenna Twohy – “Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them” (NPS 2014)

Discussion: Vatican’s New Decision

This post was actually inspired by another blogger and her post that was both inspiring and infuriated me for what it explained and detailed: Unchain My Heart: On The Emotional Effectiveness – and Lingering Sexism – 0f Jewish Divorce

The post added to my previous attention and frustration on the matter of sexism in religions. So let’s clarify where it began quickly.
I go to a catholic school, although I’m not catholic or religious in the least really. I respect it, but it’s simply something that’s not necessary in my life. This morning on the announcements after the national anthem and the morning prayer, she mentions excitedly on the PA system; “The Pope has agreed to allow women to be deacons.” Priests basically.

Now this is a pretty picture except for the one word added in there, by another woman no less, allow. So he is so gracious and amazing due to his allowing woman to do something that they should have been able to do in the first place. Continue reading “Discussion: Vatican’s New Decision”

Underestimate Us – A Slam Poem

This post was inspired by The Daily Post Word Prompt Underestimate
The video version of this can be found on Youtube:

Underestimate Us – Spoken Word

Listen to my voice loud and clear
I have a small message for you to hear
I feel very tired, of this one constant thing
On and on again, it is everyone’s focus
And thus, no choice, it must be mine.
This focus, nonstop and loud?
My body.
Now let me emphasize that one little word.
My. As in mine, not yours, so why is it your focus.
But the society around me won’t let it go.
They hold onto something that is not theirs
And slowly but surely, everyone believes
It’s not mine either.
Hands I draw henna designs on in boredom.
Legs that push me harder and faster on the ice.
Hair I love playing with and changing.
A face I make lovely smiles with.
None of it is mine.
Does this make sense?
No, not really

They cannot force me into the object of their possession.
I am not something to be played with.
Not something for them to poke and prod at.
Because all I ever hear.
Don’t where that it’s inappropriate.
But…
Those shorts are too short, your legs too big.
But…
You should eat better, you’ll gain weight.
Shut up! Is what I have to say.
Inappropriate? So what, some boob shows, I happen to have boobs
Too short, too big? I feel pretty, that’s all I need.
Weight? Too fucking bad, I like food.

It is time to stop putting me down.
Putting us down.
The girls like me.
Who are told what to do, with their body.
I tell society now;

Do not underestimate us.
We will fight back.
We will throw your comments back in your face
We will not care what you want to say.
We will reclaim our bodies for what they are.
No longer objects, but ours to cherish.
They will be silenced and our voices will rise.
Until everyone knows.
We will not be objects.
Do not put us down.
Because we bite back.

And they will never
Underestimate our power again

Thank you for listening and until next time,

Shayla

Slam Status

These girls are some of my favourite performers of all the Button Poetry series. They are absolutely wonderful and strong and empowering. As is supposed to be. This one in particular is powerful for woman. Now to let the poem speak for itself.

National Poetry Slam Finals 2014 – “Say No”