— WRITTEN BY CHEYANNE MUMPHREY AND RACHEL DEXTER
Sexy — it’s merely a word.
A word that’s spit at girls who walk by in short shorts and v-neck shirts. It is whispered among guys who sit around the bar. It has become negative — a sign of objectification. But at one point sexy was beautiful, sexy was strong — a sign of power.
Spoken word artist and poet Michael Lee, better known as Tenrai Kenshin, has been one of the many artists who has represented and reclaimed this sensual and provocative word.
“Sexy is taking all the evil things people call you as compliments and using the rocks they’ve thrown to build mansions,” said Lee in his poem “Sexy.”
It should be used synonymous with beautiful, strong and intelligent and not a word to describe the “girl that gets around.” What happened to the time when sexy was empowering? A word to describe the strength of a female, the confidence in herself and the pride in being a woman.
Sexy is beautiful. Sexy is strong. Sexy is intelligent — sexy is you.
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About A Pen & A Dress
A Pen & A Dress is a column by Cheyanne Mumphrey (and often features Rachel Dexter). Created in December 2015, A Pen & A Dress started publishing in The Lumberjack. Mumphrey's goal is to strike conversation about issues women face on a day-to-day basis and challenge the social norms for females across the globe.