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August 4, 2015

This is for the Women Who Don’t Give a F*ck. {Adult Video}

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While in Guatemala in April I started talking to a woman in a long ATM line up.

She had just left her job and was spending some time by a small town on lake Antigua.

We spoke about our lives, what we do, where we live.

When I told her that I write for elephant journal, she lit up saying she read the publication almost everyday.

She asked for a few titles of poems/articles and I recited a few.

When I told her that I wrote I Will Never be a Well-Behaved Woman, her eyes lit up and she began reciting a line from it.

“You wrote that?!”, she exclaimed. “I love that piece!”

She entered the booth to withdraw money and halfway through her transaction she opened the door and said, “I can’t believe you wrote that.”

I burst out in laughter.

As an online writer, I find I don’t connect as intimately as say a musician at a rock concert.

Knowing real eyes have touched my words, and meeting those eyes out in the world is so special to me.

It’s so beautiful for me to see that poems aren’t about views or shares.

I try and connect tangibly with readers.

A year ago I was feeling so grateful and supported that a “thank you” message didn’t cut it.

I wrote poems on postcards and sent about thirty to readers all over the world.

I loved seeing the postcards wind up in hands in London and Delhi.

This spring I was inspired by the stimulation of New York City and decided to throw together a last-minute project.

A year ago I published a poem called This is For the Women Who Don’t Give a F*ck. 

It garnered an incredible response, with 1.6 millions views.

I wanted to try a different medium—video.

This poem wasn’t written about one woman—it was written about many.

I wanted it spoken by the women of New York.

I made a call on social media and had an overwhelming international response.

The willingness of people I’d never met gave this project the green light to move forward with the project.

During the initial screening of the women who wanted to be involved, I asked them how they found the poem and what it meant to them.

I turned on the Skype screen on my first call with a woman who trains K9 dogs and I was brought to tears by our call and her take away.

Giving this poem a living, breathing voice, and having it spoken by so many incredible women has been one of the most enriching experiences I’ve had as an artist.

“Earth without art, is ‘eh.” ~ Someone wise

Thank you to the all of the women who showed up to make art with me.

Let’s make more.

 

 

More from Janne:

Why Boundaries are a F*ck Yes.

Stay or Leave? Testing our Intuition.

I used to be Afraid to be Naked. {Adult: Nudity}

 

 

Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Renée Picard

Image: via the author

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Mrk Aug 6, 2015 1:27pm

Bravo! Long overdue. Women make up over 50% of the population. More females are in college then males. Assert yourselves. Be you. Subservient no more! This from a father with two grown daughters, both college educated and both are encouraged to embrace their lives with passion and determination and screw those who think differently.

johanned'arc Aug 5, 2015 11:54pm

Femme-tastic! Femme-f*ckyes!

jennifer Aug 5, 2015 2:38pm

I love this — but all the women, to me, look young and thin. I am that woman you describe, but I’m 55 and graying. We are all those women on some level, I think! All my life I have inspired “nice girls” to behave badly. I used to think it was a bad thing. They never did. They enjoyed the freedom. I look forward to sharing more art with you in the future. This fall, I’m launching my blog… finally. It will be about this same topic. <3

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

You can connect with her on Instagram or at her website.