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Watch spoken word poetry videos by Delhi Poetry Slam. It's not easy to speak up, but our poets have brought attention to things which must be said. Check out our work below. 

Open Letter to Honey Singh by Rene Sharanya Verma

Watch Delhi Poetry Slam's performer Rene's response to how rap music defines women in narrow and derogatory ways. Take that, Honey Singh!

Sex Talk by Sonel Sharma

A young poet gives the most intellectual Sex Talk. Delhi Poetry Slam's spoken word poet Sonal talks about body shaming, sex and taboos.

Dear Girl From Pakistan by Shivani Gupta

It is usually the people who suffer the most when government and military tear countries apart. This is a confession from a girl from India about how she feels about a stranger on the other side of the border in Pakistan.

A Poem To My Depression by Vidit Taneja

Don't let depression end your life. There is always a way out. Over 5 crore Indians suffer from depression; let's address mental health issues.

Burqa is my choice by Zainab Rashid

A woman should not be judged by what she wears, whether she is fully clothed or naked. It is her body, her choice.

All men are not monsters by Shivani Gupta

Shivani has a different approach to feminism in today's India. There are a lot of men holding women responsible for being "feminazis". According to Urban Dictionary, a feminazi is not a feminist. Feminists believe in equal rights for us, feminazis just make us look stupid. Feminazis believe that all men are idiots, wearing a bra is a symbol of oppression, shaving our legs is apparently showing that we give into male pressure to be attractive, snowmen must be called "snowpeople", and that any song that mentions a girl is supporting rape. A feminazi is a sexist as they seek superiority over men, rather than equality. 

Tell us, if you agree with Shivani's opinions?

My Parents' Arranged Marriage by Saumya Choudhury

This young girl talks about the failed marriage of her parents for whom divorce is a taboo and not an option. The poem explores her own situation growing up in a family where her parents did not get along but couldn't find the courage to divorce each other.

Dear Fat Girl by Prachi Dutia

A refreshing poem about self love and body positivity in a society where girls are constantly judged for their weight.

No Fair & Lovely by Ridhima Manocha

DelSlam poet Ridhima talks about being a dark skinned Indian and facing discrimination from society and media in her own country. She challenges the idea of fairness products and auntie's multani mitti recipes through her poem.

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