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This Is For Every Tall Girl Who Loves To Wear Heels

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women

“This is for the man who asked me why I wear heels if I’m already so tall.” So begins Imani Cezanne's spoken word poem "Heels," where she fie...

'How Not To Make Love To A Fat Girl'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women

"Our bodies... hungry tongues and heavy breathing... baby, please... do not rub my belly." So implores Yesika Salgado in her slam poem "How Not To ...

This List Of Sex Tips From Women's Magazines Is Missing One Very Important Word

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

A recent performance by a pair of slam poets admonished women's magazines for publishing lists of sex tips that de-emphasize female pleasure. Footage ...

The Hardest Part Of Uncle-Hood Isn't What You Think

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents

Condoms, spermicide, downing supposed virility-killing amounts of Mountain Dew: these spoken word artists went above and beyond to be sure the only ba...

Slam Poem Dissects The Depressing Way Women Are Taught To Behave

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women

"We are girls taught to survive by using our bodies as Swiss Army knives." In the slam poem "Girl Code 101" posted to Button Poetry, actress and po...

Here's Why Harry Potter Erotica Is More Realistic Than Most Porn

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women

Visit any porn site, and you'll be bombarded by a video player collage of click-through body parts. Some of them have clear owners, and others are pre...

'Consent Is Not The Absence Of No'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women

"We live in a society where film will not show a woman’s face in orgasm, but they will in abuse." That potent line is just one of the many though...

The Books That Could Set Off A Metal Detector

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.26.2014 | Latino Voices

In 2012, at the entrance of a West Philadelphia high school, an armed officer asked the poet Denice Frohman if she had a weapon on her. Standing befor...

You Can Thank Susan B. Anthony For Your Fulfilling Sex Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women

In her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" posted by Button Poetry and performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invita...

This Woman Could Completely Change How We Talk About Fat Bodies

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women

"I like a big girl in bed, baby. More room to paint on." When recent Lewis & Clark graduate Samantha Peterson was catcalled by a man, his limbs dan...

WATCH: 'A Letter To The Girl I Used To Be'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21. ...

Spoken-Word Poet Spears 'Hunger Games' With Her Own Story

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 05.09.2014 | Black Voices

Poet and performer Imani Cezanne loves the "Hunger Games" fantasy series, but that hasn't stopped her from noticing a peculiar aspect of the trilogy. ...

This Spoken Word Poem Powerfully Expresses The Pain Of Growing Up Around Addiction

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

Get ready to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions when you hear Princeton University student Patrick Roche recite his powerful and affecting s...

Man Breaks It Down Once And For All Why You Shouldn't Ask People 'What Kind Of Asian' They Are

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact

If you ask Alex Dang "what kind of Asian" he is, you're going to want to sit down and buckle up. Performing in Boston at the National Poetry Slam b...