i'm just a literary tease, my reputation's on its knees.

Female Empowerment Through Poetry

April 21, 2005

Did you know:

Marilyn Monroe wore a SIZE 12.

If Barbie were a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.

The average American woman weighs 144 lbs. and wears between a size 12 and 14.

One out of every 4 college aged women has an eating disorder.

The models in the magazines are airbrushed - THEY'RE NOT PERFECT!!

A psychological study in 1995 found that 3 minutes spent looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty and shameful.

Models who twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman, today weigh 23% less.



In American Lit tonight, I will be reading the following poems:

"Where are all the ladies?" by Dara Lewis
"Ode to My Hips" by Leslea Newman
"Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton
"Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou

and trying not to vomit as I do so.

I hate getting up in front of a class to speak. I always feel all stuttery and nervous and insecure. Usually, I can fake it pretty well and stumble through it, breathing a deep sigh of release when it's time for me to reclaim my anonymity again.. whew!

Don't expect any theatrics, though. Although my friends and I were joking about the possibility of me doing interpretative dance or possibly facing the chalkboard and wiggling my ass as I read my poems, the truth is more likely going to be that I get up there and nervously recite the poems.

I have to say, however, that I hope the class enjoys the poems I've choosen. I wanted female empowerment, body acceptance, and unity. The poems are all written by minority women - strong powerful and fearless minority women. I admire all of these women for putting their words out there -- boldly and brazenly.


Some related links:

Ode to my hips

Leslea Newman's biography
Fat Chance: A Book About Body Acceptance for Kids

Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou's Personal Site
Maya Angelou's Biography

Homage to My Hips

Lucille Clifton's Biography
More about Ms. Clifton

Random Interesting Stuff

Maze of Murdered Poems: An Hypertext Poetry Project

Web Sites for Women

Quotes by Famous Women

Moira at 01:24 PM :: Comments (4) :: ::

I'm sure you'll do fine, Moira! Just read them to inform--that's not scary, right? :-)

And, yes, models are airbrushed. No, they are not perfect. No one is perfect and the standards for modeling get worse all of the time. An agency wanted me to lose fifteen pounds. I wondered if I would have to cut off a leg.

Posted by: Karissa at April 21, 2005 04:31 PM

Karissa - that is crazy that an agency wanted you to lose 15 pounds! Absolute insanity! You are beautiful the way you are... I hope you told 'em to f**k off!!!

Posted by: moira at April 21, 2005 05:36 PM

Excellent choices to read Moira. Very typically you.

Posted by: Neha at April 22, 2005 08:05 AM

Uh oh... is being "very typically" me a good thing or a bad thing? ;c)

Posted by: moira at April 22, 2005 08:21 AM
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