How This Woman Found Self-Love by Masturbating with the Lights On

(Content Warning: Sexual violence)

“When the tree of me falls in orgasm, it does not matter if there is no one else there to hear it, I make a goddamn sound.”

Can you relate to this woman’s struggles? Anna Binkovitz struggled through sexual violence, objectification, and self-doubt.

In this performance of her gorgeous poem “Masturbation” from the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, she tells the story of navigating these obstacles – and lifting her spirits through the joy of masturbation without shame.

We find so much hope for self-love in her words, and we hope you do, too.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism



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Anna Binkovitz is a senior at Macalester College and director of the Macalester Poetry Slam. She is a three-time CUPSI team-member, 2012 CUPSI Finalist (with Macalester placing 2nd in the nation), and two-time performer on the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finals stage. She is also the author of one chapbook from Beard Poetry called The Love Hypothetic. You can check out more of her work on her Tumblr.

Video courtesy of Button Poetry. For more amazing spoken word performances, check them out on YouTube and Facebook.