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Rupi Kaur’s “Milk and Honey”: Ringing in the Era of Feminist Literature

Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey has been making waves amongst women since it’s release in 2014. Being an incredibly raw and relatable collection of devastatingly beautiful poetry, people can easily associate their own experiences with those Kaur writes about. She delivers a woman-positive message in a completely unapologetic and empowering manner. 

Milk and Honey consists of four chapters that focus on love, loss, violence, abuse, and femininity. Kaur writes very simply, very raw and emotional. Her powerful depictions of women’s strength and resilience create a focus on how being a woman of color has affected her life.

Many of her poems are written from the viewpoint of a woman who was sexually abused and delves into how this trauma has completely altered her perception of the world and affects her relationships with men. Her outlook on the process of bouncing back from heartbreak lets the reader know that you can be vulnerable and empowered at the same time.

For women, especially young girls, this story about a woman grappling with her history of abuse and coming out of it stronger and more in tune with herself, is truly inspiring. The woman’s life is impacted by this abuse, and it allows her to look back later in life and see self-growth and appreciation. Throughout the book, you can see the narrator’s transformation and can tell that her past experiences lead to a long journey of self-exploration, that ultimately led to acceptance.

Milk and Honey touches on the struggles of being a woman, and how society’s view of women contributes to our relationships with men. Personally, this book gave me a new outlook on writing. It showed me the power of art and quality feminist literature and has inspired me to continue with my art and pursue meaningful writing. Rupi Kaur is setting an example and paving the road for young outspoken women, allowing girls to feel confident and empowered by their life experiences, and ultimately, being a woman.

 

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Hallie Sebastian
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Hallie is a 16-year-old student, artist, aspiring journalist, and ally from CNY focusing on the intersections of oppression in society.

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