Feminist Spoken Poems

I initially used a Spoken Poem when linking my pole work to feminism. I enjoyed this, however I could not directly transfer it to an audio piece as it talks about the pole. In Video to Sound I did alter it slightly, however I was not completely happy with this and wanted another poem to be spoken, to get the same kind of message across.
I first used the same layout as Spoken Poem, as I found the juxtaposition of talking about looking at me, even though you cannot see me and you can only hear me, very interesting. This would make the audience listen, and perhaps try and find someone, even though I may not be in the room.

Look at me.
We are all women, or at least we begin that way.
So why is it that we are not all treated the same?
Look at me.
“A feminist is anyone who recognises the equality and full humanity of women and men.” (Gloria Steinem)
So, tell me, what I said, does that make me a feminist? A woman? Or just human?
Look at me.
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man.” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
We have power. We have control. We changed history 100 years ago, so why can’t we do so today?
Look at me.
“You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors” (Doris Lessing)
But “You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination” (Roman Payne)
Look at me.
“Progress is not inevitable. It’s the result of decades of slow, tireless, often frustrating and unheralded work.” (Barack Obama)
Some may hope that we never get there, but they don’t know our strengths.
Look at me.
Do you see me as a body? As a silhouette of breasts, hips and a bum?
Or do you hear me for who I am? A woman playing to her strengths.
Look at me.
You tell me we are equal, but I can look down on you.
You tell me we are equal, but you couldn’t do this.
Look at me.
Because I am looking at you.

Although this worked very well, I also wanted to come away from this altogether to create something that was structurally, something completely different. I therefore created a second poem to talk. When creating this second recording, I thought about how this would be displayed. I would want something discreet, unlike the work of Paul Purgas and Evan Ifekoya. I still, however, wanted to create an impacting sound like they would, but just with a much smaller system. I therefore created the vision that the footsteps/movement and breathing would be a long, continual piece, and then the feminist spoken poems would come on every now and then. With this, I would be able to use more than one poem, so then people are not listening to the same thing over and over.
This poem also came more from the heart, rather than taken from quotes and speeches.

Feminism is not something we have to be afraid of.
Women have had the vote for 100 years after years of fighting for our rights.
So, let me ask you;
Why is it that in the 21st century, we cannot accept equal pay?
Why is it that in 2018, we do not accept those who are men, but want to be women?
Why is it that the LGBTQ community is only just being recognised positively in the law?
Feminism is the fight to be equal.
It is not saying women are better than men.
Progress is inevitable, it is slow, and it is the result of tireless, frustrating and unheralded work. Some may hope that we never get there. But they don’t know our strengths.
So, tell me, what I said, does that make me a feminist? A woman? Or just human?
Feminism is here to stay, and it has been here for over 170 years. Some day you will have to accept that.
Freedom of speech is mine to keep, so let me say this to you;
I am someone who will fight for equal rights.
I am someone who will show strength and beauty.
I am someone who will look you in the eye and be proud to tell you who I am.
Look at me for who I am, and not just a feminist.
Being a woman and being a feminist does not define me.
Feminism is not something we have to be afraid of.

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