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Watch This Poet Drop Some Real And Raw Advice To Teen Girls Everywhere

Don't let the world get you down.

Melissa Newman-Evans begins her poem "9 Things I Would Like to Tell to Every Teenage Girl," shared via the amazing Button Poetry, with a bombshell: "One: The world is trying to kill you."

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It's a metaphor, she says, but it's based in truth; the world, full of sexism and gender-based violence, is not always a welcoming place to women and girls.

As Newman-Evans works through her list of advice, she explores the complicated realities of womanhood for the hypothetical teen girl audience -- how the business of bodies and beauty and comparison games bog down even the youngest among us. She puts these things squarely in the category of "S--t that's trying to kill you."

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"The best hairstyle is one that helps you get out of bed in the morning. The best brand of makeup is one that sharpens a knife for you. The best brand of denim is one that fits and goes with your combat boots," Newman-Evans says. "Wear whatever you want, look however you want, you know who can f--k themselves if they don't like it? Everyone."

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She brings it home to one of best parts of being a teenage girl: You have other teenage girls around you. While celebrations of "sisterhood" tend to sound like hokey platitudes, there's something powerful in knowing that you can "hold up" your sisters.

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Newman-Evans' nine tips bring us back to that scary OG truth: The world may be trying to kill you, but you're not in it alone  -- and you've got a mission of your own:

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Watch the full poem here: