WATCH: UnErase Poetry releases "When We Talk About Rape"
Simar Singh is an unusual founder. When he was still not legally allowed to drive, he founded UnErase Poetry - a socially driven community that promotes and produces spoken word poetry in Hindi and English. UnErase has been a frontrunner in creating powerful, hard-hitting content on its YouTube channel which has served as a valuable platform for several promising spoken word poets; most notably Aranya Johar who shot to fame with her piece titled A Brown Girls Guide to Beauty.
When We Talk About Rape is a hard-hitting look at rape culture and the nature of consent from the perspective of two 16-year old girls mentored and curated by Aranya Johar. The video was launched on UnErase Poetry which now boasts of almost 400,000 subscribers and 20 million views.
The poem is written by Akanksha Sinha and performed by Akanksha Sinha and Poorvika Mehra with music composed by Hasan Baldiwala. When we talk about Rape is a raw account of how a girls confidence in her body, mind, voice and words is destroyed with the reality of rape and the hope that When we talk about Rape it ought to reinforce the confidence that a girl’s body is not objectified, that friends remain friends and her love be returned with love not sex.
Speaking on the launch, Aranya Johar said,”This piece perfectly explains the subtleties of rape culture and how ingrained it is within all of us. I think this piece particularly resonates with everyone because of how raw and honest Poorvika and Akanksha get, and how candid they are of their experiences as young girls of this generation.”
Adding to that Simar Singh, Curator, and Founder, UnErase Poetry said, "This is either the start of a conversation or a push to an already existing conversation to create a momentum to propel the movement forward. We, at UnErase, feel the young perspectives about the issue at hand give society a better idea of what it's dealing with."
When We Talk About Rape, is now online on the UneEase Poetry YouTube channel.