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... tell a woman in conversation - presumably a friend: “you are too ugly to be raped...”
Dear man on the bus, tell the one in five women of this country, that they are beautiful,
their four counterparts, spared torment, ugly. Tell the one in three women of this world, that you will not make piñatas of their bodies.
This is just the beginning of a reading by the powerful voice of Pages Matam: please watch it if you can. If you can't, the full text is here.
His voice is worth amplifying, IMO. This video gave me chills. Voices like his are so much more powerful than the non-stop, useless chatter of Kardashians and Palins. I think we need to give attention to people who say things that actually matter.
We have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies. We can't hear anything at all!
Pages Matam is a multidimensional creative writing and performance artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, educator, playwright, host, and event organizer. He is a member of the Sweet Spot touring cast, an Award Winning slam poet (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion) along with his greatest accomplishment, being a father. A proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic, be prepared to be taken on a journey of cultural and personal discovery unapologetic in its silly, yet visceral and beautifully honest in its storytelling.
For inquiries and bookings for performances or creative writing, performance and theater workshops (elementary - high school | Adult | Intergenerational) please email
(Bio is from his Facebook page)