“Ode to Eve”
My submission is a spoken word poem inspired by the story of Eve in Genesis. I originally wrote this piece to be performed in the Columbia production of the Vagina Monologues. Especially with all of the debate over women's rights, and specifically the movement against slut shaming that began after Constable Michael Sanguinetti's controversial address in Toronto, I was quite frustrated by the Bible's story when we read it in Lit Hum. I saw far too many parallels to Eve's punishment in today's world, and I wanted to express my discontent with the effect that the Biblical story has had on thousands of years of gender equality.
Gabriela Pelsinger (CC '15) was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Although she is not yet sure what she'll be studying, she is passionate about sustainable development, international relations, postcolonial studies, and journalism. She would like to devote her life to traveling to as many new places and to encountering as many new ways of life as possible. She is inspired by the murals of her native Mission District, spoken word poetry, Violeta Parra's "Gracias a la Vida" and Calle 13's "Latinoamerica."