Around the Web

Watch: This charged poem from the Women’s March is a war cry for women everywhere

Singer-songwriter Halsey’s heart-wrenching poem titled ‘A Story Like Mine’ detailed her experiences with sexual abuse.

More than a million people marched on Saturday, January 20, at the second annual Women’s March across the United States. At the end of the march in New York City, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Halsey recited a heart-wrenching poem titled “A Story Like Mine”, detailing her experiences with sexual abuse, to highlight the fight for women’s rights.

“It’s 2009 and I’m 14 and I’m crying. Not really sure where I am, but I’m holding the hand of my best friend Sam in the waiting room of a Planned Parenthood,” starts the poem (video above), as Halsey continued to narrate a disturbing account of her friend’s rape.

Unnervingly, it was only the first of several stories of sexual assault and abuse that the singer recited from her personal experience. She retold traumatic sexual events from her past, including an abusive, exploitative boyfriend: “He’s taken to forcing me down on my knees; I’m confused cause he’s hurting me while he says ‘please’ and ‘he’s only a man,’ and these things he ‘just needs’. He’s my boyfriend, so why am I filled with unease?”

There’s a lot more, one tale after another, revealing that not even stardom protects a woman. However, the poem is not just a reminder of sexual abuse and assault. Nor is it a roster of incidents that most women will relate to. It’s a statement of hope for women, asserting: “This is the beginning, it’s not the finale. And that’s why we’re here, and that’s why we rally.”

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Innovations in payment options are making premium products more accessible

No need for documentation or applications to own high-quality items

Credit cards have long been associated with an aspirational lifestyle. The ability to buy something out of your wish list without needing to pay the entire amount can tempt even the most disciplined shoppers. A designer couch, the latest mobile phone, a home entertainment system or a car, as long as you can pay back the borrowed amount within the grace period, your credit card purchases know no bounds.

However, credit cards, pre-approved or not, come with a number of complications. The tedious application procedure starts with the collection and submission of various documents. Moreover, there are several reasons your credit card application might get rejected including low income that compromises your repayment capability, certain occupations or work history, mistakes in the application form, possession of multiple cards or even a failed physical verification attempt. While applying for a credit card might have become easier, the success of the application can take time and effort.

Credit card owners are regaled with benefits all year round with attractive EMIs, offers on purchases, airline miles, lounge access, cashbacks and a plethora of exclusive deals. It’s worth noting that debit card owners don’t get even half of these benefits and offers, despite the sheer size of the debit card customer base in the country (846.7 million compared to 36.2 million credit card holders).

This imbalance of finance and purchase options between credit card and debit card owners is slowly changing. For instance, the new EMIs on debit card feature on Flipkart ensures affordability and accessibility to Indian consumers who don’t own credit cards. The payment innovation increases the purchasing power of the consumer. By providing credit access to non-credit card holders, expensive and high-quality products are made more affordable for a large base of customers without denting their cash flow. The video below comically captures a scenario that people who don’t own a credit card will relate to.


Flipkart’s EMIs on debit card feature doesn’t require a minimum account balance, documentation, nor does it charge a processing fee, making online shopping a seamless experience even for more high-end products. To find out if you’re eligible for EMIs on debit card, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Flipkart and not by the Scroll editorial team.