Poet's Response To Men Criticizing Tall Women Who Wear Heels Is Perfect (Video)
In my personal opinion, high heels -- stilettos, in particular -- are a creation imagined by the devil.
I hate them. And thus, I don't wear them.
But my opinion, of course, is not shared by all: For many, the height-boosting shoes are empowering.
They're confidence-boosting, to be sure: Nobody has ever looked bad in a good pair of heels. But it's more than that. There's an emotional element, as well, and that element is the one that inspired Imani Cezanne's spoken word poem, Heels.
The poem, which Cezanne performed at the Ill List Slam Poetry Invitational in December, is a lyrical challenge directed at threatened men who criticize tall women who choose to wear high heels.
The stigma, Cezanne explains, stems from the incredibly outdated notion that a woman must be smaller and more delicate than a man.
Cezanne begins her poem dramatically, explaining,
Instead of immediately answering, she fires back against the question, hilariously asking,
The poem only continues to get better from there.
However, while Cezanne could have easily spent the entire time bashing men for their ridiculous feelings of inadequacy when confronted with a tall woman, she doesn't.
Instead, addressing these unseen, fearful males, she argues,
Her performance is delightfully sassy and powerful in a way that only a badass feminist like herself could pull off.
Ladies, watch this. Men, watch this. It's time to stop criticizing other people's choices and time to start focusing on our own lives.