Slam Poetry

On Friday I was asked if I wanted to participate in another slam poetry event put on by the Education Faculty. The due date is extended until tomorrow. However, I have no idea what to write about. My one friend gave me different, professional slam poets to check out. This one really hit home:

This one is titled “Pretty”. 

And, as we’re all told, women are painted a certain way in the media and society. We’re told to look a certain way and act a certain way. We’re told to fit in this certain mold and come out looking the same even though we can’t reach photoshop perfection. 

On the other side, though, men are painted a certain way, too. They’re told they have to be strong and tall and handsome. In the Disney movies, the princesses fall for the handsome and rich princes who protect the fair ladies which gives everyone false expectations. Men expect women  to look like photoshopped fakes and women expect men to look like Prince Charming. 

Perhaps this is just a rant about the media and what it’s done or maybe it’s the beginning of a slam poetry idea. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Slam Poetry

  1. Excellent post Helyn! I had goosebumps when I watched the video. I also like how you mentioned that men are also expected to live up to the same standards as woman. Is this what we want to teach our students? I think not. What do you think we as educators can do to help our students develop a positive self when the media is so influential?

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