Is Girls Who Read the new feminist anthem?

EFFIE MANN
Last updated 14:45 18/11/2013
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FEMINIST ANTHEM? Still from Girls Who Read

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See, some guys prefer asses/ Some prefer tits/ And I'm not saying that I don't like those bits/ But what's more important/ What supercedes/ For me/ Is a girl a with passion, wit and dreams/ So I want a girl who reads.

British poet, writer and actor Mark Grist has been propped on the metaphorical shoulders of women and paraded through town, since a video of his poem Girls Who Read began doing cyber rounds. 

In a world inundated with lyrics and images that relentlessly sexualise and objectify women, Grist's words are certainly refreshing.

The poem is funny, sweet and will warm the hearts of bookworms - but surely the suggestion it's a "feminist anthem" is a stretch?

So, a guy (and yes, he seems like a nice dude and if I bumped into him at the library I'd totally say 'hi') writes a poem that isn't sexist but actually celebrates women's imagination rather than their breasts and bottoms and we swoon?

Hmmm. 

Here's the video so you can judge for yourself:

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