This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. When the narrative is dominated by conservative Christians who claim all women regret their abortions, we need more women like Leyla (and Amanda, and Julia) speaking up to say that terminating an unwanted pregnancy was the best choice for everyone.
You can check out more videos about a woman’s right to choose at Upworthy’s new section, Feminent Domain. [Upworthy]
Another day, another bizarre rich girl vanity project, this time from Katie Chonacas, aka Kyriaki Sunday, who apparently took a trip to Monaco and “almost lost her heart” there. That’s why she penned this bubbly, name-dropping, weird spoken word track about her clubbing vacay to the Euro hot spot, and the man-child she almost fell in love with. THEY BOTH LIKE BANANAS, PEOPLE! I mean, if that’s not a sign of a real connection, I don’t know what is. This is a must-watch. A must-watch. [YouTube]
Start your Monday off right with this spoken word performance by Katie Makkai, defining the world “pretty.” Thanks to my mom for sharing it with me! Keep reading »
It’s a very rare thing that I want to see all the movies that are coming out, especially since there are some seriously craptastic things being produced these days. And as this summer fades in to autumn’s chill, you’re running out of time to take advantage of the long days and sweat-soaked nights. Spend an afternoon in the sun and then soak up all the AC your pores can hold in the darkness of a movie theater. This week, you can choose from “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” “The Extra Man,” “The Dry Land” and “Spoken Word.” Keep reading »