Spoken Word Poet Talks About How Suffragists Allowed Her To 'Be A Whore'

Spoken word poet Anna Binkovitz pays tribute to Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Amelia Bloomer in her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" that honors the battles fought to allow women to be as sexual as they want -- or, as Binkovitz says,

Let their freak flags fly.

During her performance, Binkovitz says with a cunning grin that these suffragists are the reason she can be "such a whore." She talks about Susan bent over her famous desk, Amelia 69-ing in the back of a stagecoach, and wonders if their technique is as great as hers.

The poem was performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational semifinals. Choosing not to take the conventional route when discussing the history of female suffragism, Binkovitz focuses on what sexual empowerment has done for her and on the fact that, dammit, she loves blow jobs.

She says,

I owe these women so much. They're the reason I can swallow safe sex. The reason women can vote for president. The reason insurance does not see femininity as a symptom to be calculated.

The suffrage movement coined the phrase "The personal is political," and Binkovitz takes it to a whole new level here.

Without the hard struggles of these suffragists and more, females would still be held to a rigid double-standard of opportunity and sexuality, and Binkovitz is proud to be a product of the feminist movement.

H/T: Huffington Post