Writers on Writing: Gabby Gabby Poetry
Meet Gabby Gabby Poetry aka my newest girl crush. Her writing style is unconventionally fresh, frank and feisty. (Don’t believe me? Download her Black Dot Series.) She deftly defies the double-standard that only guys can be proudly promiscuous and talk extensively about sex, and poop. (Sorry for all the alliteration. I promise it was just a happy accident.) Her writing is beautiful, it inspires, it empowers, and ultimately it reminds me that being sexy is no crime. She’s a one woman wonder, reinstating the age old adage that anything boys can do, girls can do better. My interview with her is below. Check ittt.
E: The obligatory about you questions: Name, age, whatever else you feel like the blogosphere HAS to know about you. Sky’s the limit.
G: I published poetry under the name Gabby Gabby. I’m 19, vegan, feminist, activist, and atheist. I identify with a lot of –ists.
I was once told that it was important to ‘actively cultivate a mystique’ and so I took that to heart. That’s why I don’t write under my full name. Someone actually asked me on twitter the other day if my first and last names were really both Gabby haha. I think it’s really important not only to put out content that I’m passionate about but I also really want people to read that content. So, with that in mind, I try to cultivate this experience around my poetry and writing to really get people excited about it.
E: I’m fascinated by/empathize with your essay about dirty talk vs. feminism. Maybe you get this a lot, but it’s refreshing to hear a woman talking so openly about things like sex, and poop. How do people generally respond to hearing you discuss those subject matters so frankly?
G: Well, in general, people that aren’t my parents really appreciate it. We are socialized from a very young age to be afraid of our own bodies and our sexuality. With this comes a lot of negative connotations, especially for women, when they are honest about enjoying sex or when they are honest about being anything other than a figure for objectification. The free and uninhibited expression of sexuality is important for everyone in order to break down these very negative social expectations and gender roles. I see myself as a subversive artist and I try to use my art as a platform to advocate for issues that are important to me. Also, I just really like poop jokes. I don’t know why haha. I think it just really irritates me that literally everyone poops but we still treat it like this huge secret.
E: Is there some message behind the nudes, or do you just do it for the hell of it?
G: It really just harks back to the message that bodies are bodies. Everyone has one and they are all beautiful.
E: What’s the 30/30 project all about?
G: Well, I’m a really sporadic person so I’ll be really intense about something for a short period of time and then I’ll just forget about it. The 30/30 project was basically just a personal effort to make sure I wrote something everyday.
E: Coffee or tea?
G: Tea. Wtf is this question? Tea always.
E: Poetry or essays?
G: Poetry. I think that the format of poetry allows for more experimental expression.
E: What is an average day of writing like for you?
G: I usually am in front of my laptop at all times so I’ll just write down something in this never-ending text-edit document that I have. I always keep it open so it has all this weird shit like “I want my asshole to explode” or “jfc jfc JFC”. It’s a very serious and scholarly process.