A third grader (which is Year 4 in the UK) has unknowingly found fame online after her poem, The True Feminine, was published to social media. The anonymous eight or nine year-old (according to reports) wrote the poem about female oppression and the liberation of women, and she's won the affection of every woman on the Internet.
The poem, shared in the form of a photograph read as follows:
I am not sugar and spice and everything nice.
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 baby. I am child. I will be mother.
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.
Handwriting (and use of coloured crayons) aside, you'd think that this was written by a grown woman fed up of the shit that she's had to put up with. At the risk of sounding like my English teacher (hey, Duffy!) this poem speaks volumes. Our anonymous literary genius speaks about having a life that balances normal interests and fighting for women's rights, plus how multi-faceted women are and the different identities that they have throughout their lives. Also, it's pretty impressive how mature the girl behind the poem is; she clearly has a somewhat in-depth understanding of female objectification, and she sure as hell isn't here for male consumption. Damn, girl.
The post has reached 140,000 likes and 50,000 retweets, and it's still going. The bottom line is nobody can fuck with her, Miss Gen Z Sylvia Plath. Her first crush better look out. So should the rest of the male species, really. We can't wait to see what this young girl will bring to the year in future years.