We live in an era where the ideas of female empowerment and gender equality are being discussed more openly than ever before. These ideas have come to take their rightful place in mainstream culture, and that means kids are likely to gain an understanding of these concepts from an early age. Kids are learning about these things in and out of school, on TV, in books, and even at home. It's no surprise then that these themes have also found their way into their creative work.
Recently, a third grader's feminist poem titled "The True Feminine" has gone viral all over the internet. Pretty much everyone, including myself, was blown away by the eloquence of this little girl, and the way she is able to express so much emotion in such a beautiful way.
"I am not sugar and spice and everything nice," she declares to start things off. She continues, "I am music, I am art. I am a story. I am a church bell, gonging out wrongs and rights and normal nights. I was a baby. I am a child. I will be a mother." Finally, she concludes, "I don't mind being considered beautiful, I do not allow that to be my definition. I am a rich pie strong with knowledge. I will not be eaten."'
The poem was originally posted on Facebook by the girl's teacher, who wrote, "Take a moment to read this poem written today by one of my students. One of my THIRD GRADE students. She wrote it at recess - no prompt, just free-flowing thought."
Eventually, it was shared on Twitter by Arabelle Sicardi, who even changed her Twitter name to "rich pie." Many people started calling the little girl a "Gen Z Sylvia Plath."
While there are apparently some doubts as to whether this is genuinely the work of a third grader, you'd be pretty surprised with how insightful young children can be at times. Although no one has been able to track down this little girl, we can only hope she knows just how talented she is.
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H/T: A Plus