amandla stenberg wrote a poem about race and sexuality

"I have understood the body of a white woman / Before I have understood my own."

by Hannah Ongley
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Mar 22 2016, 4:58pm

Amandla Stenberg is one of the wisest people on the internet when it comes to dropping truths about race and beauty. But that doesn't mean she never struggles with understanding her own body in a world that normalizes only certain (i.e. white) kinds of beauty. Yesterday, which happened to be World Poetry Day, Stenberg shared some poignant words about othered bodied and dysmorphia. "some thoughts on my consistently shifting relationship w my body/feeling shame for black sexuality," she wrote on Instagram

"I have understood the body of a white woman / Before I have understood my own," the text reads. "I've memorized Pink Purity / And learned Dysmorphia because I am Different." 

The poem ends on a more optimistic note: "I have been gifted with a sacred unraveling. / There is power in unearthing my limbs for myself."

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Credits


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Oliver Hadlee Pearch

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