Women’s News: Savannah Brown Performs Epic Slam Poem, Reminds Us That ‘You Don’t Need Diet Pills To Slim Your Kindness Down’

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“When I first learned that nobody could love me more than me, a world of happiness previously unseen was discovered.”

So begins 17-year-old Savannah Brown’s three-minute takedown of every societal standard forced upon women. Just like Lily Myer’s “Shrinking Women,” which captivated us in October, every second of this poem has power. Brown charges that society perceives confident women as narcissistic (“since when was loving who we are made an offense by morons that don’t matter?”) and buries these same young women’s self-worth so deeply within themselves, that it temporarily disappears:

Sometimes when I need to meet the me that loves me, I can’t find her.
A reminder that the mirror is meant to be a curse so I confine her in my mind.
But when he or she shouts “Let me out,” we’re allowed to listen.

Brown wrote and performed the poem in response 16-year-old Nash Grier’s virally-despised video “What Guys Look For In Girls.” Grier, who has 4.2 million followers on Vine, is joined by two friends in the video denouncing girls who are “obnoxious and loud,” don’t shave their “gross” body hair, and “play hard to get” but not “too” hard to get.

Brown slays him, but it’s clear the poem is more about her — about women and the process of self-discovery and love — than anyone trying to tell them how to be.

You don’t need any miracle cream to keep your passions smooth hair free,
or diet pills to slim your kindness down.
And when you start to drown in these these petty expectations,
you better examine the miracle of your existence.
You’re worth so much more than your waistline.
You’re worth the beautiful thoughts you think,
and the daring dreams you dream, undone and drunk off alcohol of being.
But sometimes we forget that.

Thank you for reminding us, Savannah.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Nash Grier has 4.2 Vine followers. It has been updated to reflect the accurate figure, 4.2 million followers.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/savannah-brown-slam-poem_n_4568517.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women


  1. Yes, Yes and YES again! So many girls starve themselves to try and be magazine beautiful and they already are beautiful. So many have forgotten that God does make “ugly”, and that beauty isn’t in what you look like.

  2. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Every female should listen to this young woman.

  3. First Thank you for following me. Next Young people need to know Beauty is in the inside out .And be true to yourself. also Magazines .also fake pictures what I mean is they airbrush the lady’s I believe today. God makes no Junk:) Have a nice day:)

  4. If I can speak plainly. I have been with beautiful and non beautiful women. The ones that shone most weren’t the models. I have spoken to beautiful women (and model men for that matter)…and some are hopelessly lonely. They have been told all their lives that they are beautiful. They rely on their beauty to win favours. People see their beauty and forget about their deeper self..while others are scared to approach them totally. I don’t mind what a woman looks like…as long as she is kind and loving. Great relationships (incl: Marriage) are fast becoming an extinct species. “Till death do us part” has been replaced with “Three strikes and you’re out”. We have a Plan B just in case and past ex’s hiding under each bad situation. We gossip to our friends about our relationships instead of our partners. Pre-nuptials sets up a fail from the start. Marriage is certainly litigation central. Big buck$ for the legal fraternity. There are answers but no willingness. We aren’t equal and wouldn’t want it to be. Embrace the differences and give space to inequality. If my woman was like me, she wouldn’t be necessary. Start this discussion honestly. Bring a blank canvas.

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