"Shrinking Women," by Lily Myers at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament.
There are so many great things going on in Myers' poem. She discusses society's expectation that women be thin throughout their entire lives, while men can get as jolly and fat as they'd like once they reach a certain age.
This poem brings to mind the blog, Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train. In the blog, people take pictures of men sprawling out on subways, trains, etc., taking up way more space than women, who often sit with their legs crossed and hands in their laps. The blog aims to expose the fact that women are always trying to take up as little space as possible (whether that's by their weight or just the way that they're sitting) while men are encouraged to take up as much space as they'd like.
Myers' poem focuses a lot more on the fact that women are expected to be thin, yet body placement is another important topic to bring up when discussing gender norms.
Let me know what you all think of this video. Are you one of those people snapping along as she performs? I sure am!
Check out more of Myers' work at: http://shapeswemake.tumblr.com/. She's pretty awesome.
This cat should be featured in "Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train." But he's so adorable, so we'll let it pass :-P