Sometimes you've got to give yourself a moral pep talk to
inspire your feminism. And, while there's plenty of conversation about feminism in the age of Trump, sometimes it can be hard to feel personally inspired, no matter how committed to the cause you are. In other words, sometimes, it can be hard to feel like you embody feminism.
And that's despite the fact that today's feminism is more inclusive than ever. Writer and philosopher
Katha Pollitt, in the New York Times , writes: "Feminism has changed ... “Feminism is cool now,” explained one [NYU student], citing the movement against sexual assault on campus as one factor and the influence of pop culture idols like Beyoncé and Emma Watson as another. The goals may be the same as ever, but the movement feels different. It is more interracial, younger, queerer and far more internet savvy than it was a decade or so ago."
There's a sure-fire way to kick your feminism into high gear, though: make it matter to
you. And there's no better way to connect on a personal level than through poetry. These eight poems will do the job. 1"Respect" by Melissa Studdard GIPHY she held it tight like a kegel ball at the struggle Atlas had carrying such a tiny thing Click here to read. 2"The Valleys Are So Lush and Steep" by Trace Peterson Giphy As my body reaches a kind of equilibrium, I am trying to have as small a percentage of me as possible be fabricated as method acting and as great a possibility as a pink skull half-shaven skyline be real. The valleys are so lush and steep. How to end not wanting to be myself being not quite myself. Click here to read. 3"Do Not Speak of the Dead" by Cecilia Llompart Giphy In a dream, I am ungendered, and the moon is just the moon having a thought of itself. Click here to read. 4"A Woman Is Talking to Death" by Judy Grahn Giphy I am the woman who stopped on the bridge and this is the man who was there our lovers teeth are white geese flying above us, but we ourselves are Click here to read. 5"Maine Coast" by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Giphy Again I straddle the blade thinking This is the time it will fill the gash. Click here to read. 6"Macha" by Monica McClure Giphy I am so bloody in my own bath Click here to read. 7"Wild Tongue" by Rebecca Seiferle Giphy If we spoke of Plato, and we don’t; each of us was banished from the womb by virtue of having a womb, to this unpredictable realm where each of us would have to discover her self, that wild tongue—never delineated, even in shadow, upon the philosopher’s cave wall. Click here to read.