In today’s world one of the most pressing issues is women rights and sexual assault and how society handles the two issues. The poetry book No and Other Words of Female Empowerment was released November of 2017 and focuses on the message of female empowerment and strength, the book makes the reader acknowledge the reader’s self-worth. The timing of the book correlates well with the timing of the Ohio Women’s March.
In regards to the poem opening with “It’s time that mothers,” freshman Tyson Williams said “I like this poem because I feel like my mom did a very good job at teaching me to respect everyone and the importance of helping others.”
According to the Ohio Women’s March website: “The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds.” The march’s purpose is to create social change and educate those who may be unaware about what women are marching for.
Matthew Perry said “I feel like the poems give a sense on how life should be. It makes me disappointed that people have to express these feelings because as a society we do fail when it comes to the respect of women.”
“It makes me disappointed that people have to express these feelings because as a society we do fail when it comes to the respect of women.” – Mathew Perry
In regards to the poem opening with “Boys need to be taught,” Keni Brown said, “Boys are conditioned by societal expectations and negative male mentors to believe that aggression is the main solution to their problems. This can be verbal, physical, it doesn’t matter, as long as it reasserts their dominance and control in a situation. When that control is jeopardized by a woman in a position of power, for instance, the aggression emerges again. Let’s teach boys that women are not here to usurp their positions of power, but simply share it equally and make us both more productive members of society with the unique talents we can bring into play.”