Jordyn Faelber – Bodily Battleground
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University of Northern Colorado
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Greeley, Colorado, United States
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I originally started writing this poem a couple of months ago. It certainly had feminist roots but especially after recent events with Roe vs. Wade, I felt like the points I made in my poem were especially poignant. Ever since 2016, I have felt ultra-aware that my body is a political weapon. I must always know how to cover up and speak to people so I am not assaulted, and more recently, I am not afforded control over my body. Men never have to worry about their bodily autonomy being attacked and can make medical and personal decisions without government intervention. That is something I've been upset about very recently. My poem is an expression of discontentment and points out both the significance and power of women in society and how that power is continually undermined. This poem also vents my frustrations because it feels like there is nothing I can do to claim control over my own body.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
I learned that no one benefits from patriarchy. It is an oppressive system that forces men to suppress their true selves, and it exerts unfair power over women and LGBTQ+ folks. In terms of change, I want to help people realize how important it is to include everyone in feminism because everyone has a place. We all cohabitate this planet and we MUST work together to make a change.
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