Liberating Words: Body Positivity

The poems in our ongoing “Liberating Words” series were written in an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors at The Winsor School, an all-girls school in Boston, Mass. The course, “The Personal Is Political: An Interdisciplinary Look at Feminism,” is co-taught by Libby Parsley, a History teacher, and Susanna Ryan, an English teacher. The second unit of the course focuses on the history and literature of second-wave feminism—the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Students read a compilation of poems by women writers from that period and then wrote their own poems; the assignment asked them to represent an issue or problem they see as central to 21st-century women’s experience through the very personal genre of poetry.

body positivity
by Angela Su

I love my body.
i’m not really curvy
like kim
or really tall
like gigi
or really skinny
like yoona
but I think i’m kind of hot.
in good lighting at least, when
You can’t see
my cellulite.

Angela Su is a junior at the Winsor School who enjoys classical music and feminist literature.



Lia Kornmehl is a junior at the Winsor School who is passionate about jazz music, milk chocolate, and equal opportunities for women in the workplace.