National Poetry Slam 2014 Finals – “Collapse the Economy” Megan Falley & Olivia Gatwood


Studies predict that if women stopped buying
cosmetic products and services Every economy in the world would collapse overnight (cheering) This is a call… To collapse the economy Let’s cover our scented tampons in hairspray light them on fire and throw them at Maybelline’s headquarters Lets take all the leftover lotions and soaps
and make the worlds largest slip and slide down Capital Hill. Weight watchers will have a whole new meaning like, just wait and watch as I burn this motherfucker down. (whooping and clapping) Imagine. What could we do with all these spanks? Probably make some sort of catapult And launch our skin softening bath bombs into enemy territory Victoria’s secret? Is that she’s going out of business I have picked at my body like a scab I’ve squeezed at my face in the mirror until
no more me could come out of me I changed my outfit five times before I got here Oh! You though we were gonna stop at burning bras? Well then you shouldn’t have givin’ us so much flammable shit (loud cheering and clapping) Tampons, pads, even you, diva cups will be a thing of the past Tonight, we paint the town red (clears throat) I’m not bleaching my asshole. I’ll bleach you, asshole! (screams) Are you gonna put those fake eyelashes on for me? No? Then I don’t fucking want them Does that shampoo also come with the
Photoshop you used on the model? No? Then I don’t fucking want it Fuck you, Summers Eve! I’d rather have my vagina not smell like
Island Splash or Delicate Blossom What the fuck does that even smell like? That’s not even a real scent. My vagina is already vagazled enough Lets throw out our razors and
grow our hair as long as rivers How beautiful it will be to take the money I spent To be pretty for you Make my hair soft for you My nails like candy for you Give myself skin cancer for you Go under the knife for you and stop giving us 76 cents back! There were days where I spent hours
crying in the dressing room Days I didn’t leave the house in case
someone had a camera for fear of becoming another before picture So thank you, Cosmo For giving me four hundred and seventy-two
more sex tips to completely ignore. Thank you for all the leftover lipstick
to write “I am flawless” on the wall Thank you for the cover up The vanishing cream Thank you! For making us invisible That way You’ll never see us coming (cheers)

86 thoughts on “National Poetry Slam 2014 Finals – “Collapse the Economy” Megan Falley & Olivia Gatwood

  1. This is one of my favorites videos, let alone one of the best in slam poetry!
    Due to the sound in this huge venue and the well deserved cheering from the audience at the 2014 finals, some parts are hard to hear so I'm posting the original video to see Olivia Gatwood & Megan Falley perform this at a smaller venue where you can hear every word.
    And to these two women… THANK YOU!
    http://youtu.be/jq2YqcCY-tY  

  2. THIS WAS AMAZING, yall made a great pair just nothing but love, very strong performance

  3. I don't necessarily agree with what they're saying, I mean i put on makeup for me, not for anybody else- but their performance and prose was amazing. Overall, just a great slam.

  4. If they watched their language I might have some respect for them they obviously put on makeup and spent hours trying to look perfect so why slam what they're participating in

  5. I love their work and have seen many of their other slam poems, but I don't agree with all of this one. By slamming makeup and bras and other beauty products, they are therefore shamming the women who like to use them. I agree with the Cosmo part and the idea that we are coerced into cookie cutter image of pretty, but I think they should have gone down the path of "I wear makeup/clothing/hairstyles/I shave for me, not for anyone else"

  6. Lindsey Snyder : I understand what you mean, but I think it's more that they're saying that any economy could fall apart if women stopped buying into cosmetics is ridiculous in itself, because the media and the social standard for women have made this possible. And women don't want to stop using products of course, they are entitled to them, as everyone is. But the fact that such a big part of the economy is women trying to better themselves because society demands it, is awful. Yes, you can dress how you want. You don't have to wear makeup to please anyone but yourself. But in what magazine does it show the proper way to piss off any misogynistic asshole on the street, by wearing something in your comfort zone? I think it's an important message to people that it can go either way. Hell yeah; you wear that lipstick you love. Wear those shoes you bought, even though your boyfriend says they make you too tall. You don't have to conform to what society thinks is pretty, but if every single woman on this planet was able to play a part in bringing down the economy, this would definitely be the way to do it.

  7. I loved so many of their poems, but this one just sounds so wrong to me. I just can't stand this modern feminism. Of course, sometimes (ok, most of the time) cosmetics come associated with that one "perfect" look. But I believe that make up is ART, and it's meant to highlight our beauty and paint it like a blank canvas full of possibilities. 
    I only wish people would stop judging so much! You wanna do real feminism? Let people be who they are. Just…let it be. 

  8. anyone know the study Olivia referenced in the beginning of the poem. Wanted to use it as a source for my pop culture class

  9. Studies predict
    That if women stopped buying cosmetic products and services
    Every economy in the world 
    Would collapse over night
    This is a call
    To collapse the economy
    Let’s cover our scented tampons in hairspray
    Light them on fire
    And throw them at Maybelline’s headquarters
    Let’s take all of our leftover lotions and soaps
    And make the world’s largest slip and slide
    Down Capitol Hill
    Weight Watchers will have a whole new meaning
    Like 
    Just wait and watch
    As I burn this motherfucker down
    Imagine!
    What could we do with all these spanks?
    Probably make some sort of catapult
    And launch our skin softening bath bombs 
    Into enemy territory
    Victoria’s Secret
    Is that she’s going out of business
    I have picked at my body like a scab
    I have squeezed at my face in the mirror
    Until no more me could come out of me
    I changed my outfit five times before I got here
    Oh!
    You thought we were going to stop at burning bras?
    Well then you shouldn’t have given us 
    So much flammable shit
    Tampons, pads, even you, diva cups
    Will be a thing of the past
    Tonight
    We paint the tower red
    Ahem, ahem
    I’m not bleaching my asshole
    I’ll bleach you, asshole!
    Are you going to put those fake eyelashes on for me? 
    No?
    Then I don’t fucking want them!
    Does that shampoo also come with the Photoshop you used on the model?
    No?
    Then I don’t fucking want it!
    Fuck you, Summer’s Eve! 
    I’d rather my vagina not smell like
    Island Splash or Delicate Blossom
    Because what the fuck does that even smell like?
    That’s not even a real scent
    My vagina is already vagazzled enough
    Let’s throw out our razors and grow our hair out as long as rivers
    How beautiful will it be to take the money I spent 
    To be pretty for you
    Make my hair soft for you
    My nails like candy for you
    Go under the knife for you
    Give myself skin cancer for you
    And stop giving the 76 cents back
    There were days I spent hours crying in the dressing room
    Days I didn’t leave the house in case someone had a camera
    For fear of becoming another “before” picture
    So thank you, Cosmo
    For giving me 472 more sex tips
    To completely ignore
    Thank you for all of this leftover lipstick to write
    I am flawless
    On the wall
    Thank you for the cover up
    The vanishing cream
    Thank you for making us invisible
    That way, 
    You’ll never see us coming  

  10. This wasn't to insult the use of make-up as an art form. This is feminism and I don't think it's radical in the slightest. How sick is it that women feel like they have to be those airbrushed models? Thin? Beautiful? Perfect 24/7. Spend so much money on make-up to try and achieve that fake look they'll never get? It's disgusting. It's not hypocritical for them to be wearing make-up as they slam it. It's not make-up itself that they're slamming. It's the fact that we're expected to objectify ourselves for other people.

  11. Takes note of the eyeliner and mascara they are wearing and the hair products they used. Fine if it's just a poem but please don't pretend it's a call to action because that would make you a hypocrite, 

  12. I watched this while in a coffee shop and I sat there for ten minutes with my jaw wide open unable to acquire a proper  vocabulary. Holy Jesus Christ the ending completely destroyed everything. That was simply outstanding and I am at a loss for words. Also to those who saw this as some radical feminism that is calling for you to destroy any form of the makeup institution: YOU DIDNT UNDERSTAND THIS PIECE. This poem is saying why are these things being used to condition us to believe that we are nothing and especially not beautiful without it? Why are these multi-billion dollar companies thriving off of the utter self-hatred of women? But most importantly, why are we allowing this to continue?

  13. I don't like seeing "They're wearing makeup, they're hypocrites!" Thats not at all the message they were trying to send, & if thats the message you got, you should re watch this video.

    They clearly talked about how they "changed their outfit 5 times that morning" They aren't denying that they don't participate in these things, majority of women do. They're talking about how women are expected to always look their absolute best, and how we're taught to change things about ourselves to "look prettier" and "be better" it's not how things should be.

  14. after reading a previously left comment i realise that i have completely misinterpreted this poem and have deleted my original comment before i posted it. but now that i have been enlightened by someone who is obviously far more intelligent than me i would just like to say one thing, fuck everyone who ever tries to make women feel insecure! women, in my opinion, are far superior than men.

    in the immortal words of Brad Paisley, 'It's not who wears the pants, it's who wears the skirt.'

  15. This is absolutely astounding!:)
    My only comment, they're wearing make up…

  16. @Lindsey Snyder I think they do understand that, as they are both groomed well, and are not shaming the women who use these products but venting their anger at the industry as a whole.

  17. Some of you have completely missed the point. The idea is that women have been conditioned to believe that you have to shave, wear makeup, dye your hair, paint your nails all so others will find you attractive. They keep saying "How I did _ for you" when really you don't have to do ANYTHING. If it makes you feel good, thats one thing.

  18. Hey feminists, heres an idea, how about just dont wear makeup then? No greater 'fuck you' to a company than not buying their products. But yea, making a whole poem about attacking the ecnomy is clearly the more rational approach, right?

  19. Had to stop it first few lines in. So everyone needs to stop buying cosmetics, yet they're on stage wearing makeup? And I'm sick of people equating makeup with insecurity. Some people just enjoy it

  20. Please go check out my YouTube channel because I'm hella proud and I would love you so much

  21. i was 30 seconds in before i had to pause this… not every man wants women to be objects, this isnt the early 20th century guys!

  22. Just so everyone knows, the words cosmetic products isn't just referring just to make up. Things like razors, and fake nails, flat irons. Those are all used to change us. That was the point guys. I wish you all listened to the actual meaning and not just the words.

  23. When will I see a feminist that focuses the real problem, women themselves. During all leves of education, during work, during parties, anywhere.. who put women down other are women. I thought the video was going in that direction at first but no I guess its my fault for expecting mascara when I dont even know what it does, me who asked for anal bleaching, when the porn industry made it you insecure, it was me who wrote that cosmo article when Ive never held the magazine. The 20th century is gone, time to refocus. But yeah nice poem I like the effort.

  24. To everyone who isn't getting the point of this poem: this poem is about the self-hate that these industries are purposely cultivating in women just to get money. It's saying that they're going to keep creating impossible beauty standards and making women feel inadequate for as long as it keeps working.

  25. Those who believe this is a proclamation of war on women who wear makeup and shave need to rewatch it until they get the point.

  26. "This isn't even silly; it is the death of art." – Harold Bloom

    Right as usual.

  27. Such a powerful closing line. Though, I suppose that's not the end. This may well only be the beginning. The beginning of an era most didn't know we needed.

  28. Do they not understand economics. Firstly, collapsing the economy would destroy the world. Secondly, their point about women not buying into the cosmetics industry would collapse the economy. Total rubbish, their are more than one industry out there and the cosmetics industry would still thrive because of men buying into the cosmetics industry, in fact it would do better if they are focussing on one market.

  29. This is like a buzzfeed article in poetry form. Ugh.

  30. OOOOOOOHHHH SHIIIITTTT I HAVE CHILLS THESE BITCHES NEED TO BE FAMOUS RIGHT NOW

  31. honestly i can barely hear what they're saying from the echo but i liked watching how angry and badass they look

  32. This is awesome, tomorrow im throwing away all my makeup and anyone who mentions it can suck it 👌🔥

  33. Well, considering the size of the U.S makeup market is around 62$ billion (including male consumption) out of an economy that's the size of 18$ trillion. No, if all women stopped consuming makeup and beauty products tomorrow the impact would be mild to negligible. What a faulty and stupid premise this poem is based on. Second, why would you want to collapse an economy which you as a consumer and worker participate in?! It makes no sense. I don't see some enlightened proud women, I see two economic illiterates.

  34. I know that this is some feminist propaganda bull shit but I can't help but take it literally just like YAS BITCH LETS WATCH THE WORLD BURN FROM OUR FORT OF BRAS, PANTIES, AND MAKE-UP. LAUNCH FLAMING USED TAMPONS AT OUR ENEMY'S FACES AND LISTEN TO THEM SCREECH IN DISGUST. WORLD DOMINATION HAHAHAHA

    but I'm just fucking destructive so-

  35. I cringed at the microphones, couldn't they just take a step back?

  36. "Thank you for making us invisible. You will never see us coming" Blew me away

  37. they mentioned the wage gaps, guess what, wage gaps have been illegal since the 1960's, otherwise, I somewhat liked it

  38. The sound on this is terrible. It is too hard to hear that whatever they are saying is mute because the medium ( bad audio) has destroyed the message.

  39. Nobody gives a shit about feminist first world problems, their self pity or nonsensical self reflection.

  40. I love watching them but I hate how the echo makes the audio sound all weird 🙁

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