Women of all ages, let Melissa Newman-Evans spiritedly shout hard truths at you. You will not regret it.
Button Poetry shared Newman-Evans' performance of her poem “9 Things I Would Like to Tell to Every Teenage Girl” and — major spoiler — her nuggets of wisdom do not stop being useful when adolescence ends.
She warns young women,
The world is trying to kill you.
The poet recommends women support each other regardless of petty differences.
The girl with the jacked-up teeth and the thrift store jeans is your sister. The girl who f*cks girls is your sister. The girl who used to be called Jake but is now called Jane is your sister. The cheerleaders who are trying so hard to kill you are still your sisters. The world is trying to kill each and every one of you, and if you do not hold each other up, no one else will.
New Year's resolution? Find every woman, and tell her I support her… Also, wipe the tears off my computer.