Imani Cezanne's Powerful Poem Questions Men About Their Own Insecurities

Imani Cezanne is a tall girl who loves heels and has had enough of men questioning her desire to stand taller, even if it means taller than them.

She opens her poem by highlighting the fools she has come across, discusses they’re inappropriateness, and hates how these men have attempted to project their discomfort unto her. As a result, Cezanne now has questions of her own and requires that they be answered.

She wonders why men don’t get pedicures and why they believe the competence of their manhood shrinks in the presence of tall women in heels. In short, Imani is fed up and she valiantly argues that men shouldn’t look to women to literally or figuratively shrink themselves. “You can’t teach height,” she proudly says, and we agree.

Randie Henderson is a Gates Millennium Scholar and recent college grad. She is driven to write, read, learn, and educate about ways to dismantle oppression in America and globally because she is passionate about people and justice. You can find her on


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