Deconstructing the Gynocentric Narrative in Rupi Kaur's Poetry: An Exploration of Female Empowerment and Representation


  • Hadeel Aziz Mohammed Ridha, (Ph.D.) University of Babylon - College of Basic Education - Department of English


Feminism, poetry, gynocentric, Rupi Kaur, gynocentrism


Throughout history, men have dominated the narrative on how women are perceived. In response to this, women rose in a feminist movement, which was initially met with resistance. However, this movement eventually evolved into gynocentrism, a philosophy that aims to promote the interests and well-being of women.The 21st century has seen the emergence of digitalization in literature, particularly in poetry, with the rise of social media platforms. This has facilitated the emergence of new literary forms such as AltLit and InstaPoetry, where poets can interact directly with their readers, resulting in a new era in poetry writing. One of the most renowned poets in this field is Rupi Kaur, an Indian-Canadian who uses her experiences to write from a gynocentric perspective, highlighting the rise of women.This paper analyzes several of Kaur's poems, with a focus on their gynocentric themes. Kaur's work is significant as it highlights the experiences of women in society and their struggle for gender equality. By using social media as a platform to promote her work, Kaur has created a space for women to connect, relate and express themselves.The digitalization of literature has enabled greater access to poetry, giving voice to diverse perspectives and promoting gender equality. Kaur's work and the emergence of gynocentrism represent a significant shift towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. This paper aims to explore Kaur's contribution to this movement and her impact in the literary world. Overall, the rise of gynocentrism and digitalization has facilitated a space for women to express themselves, paving the way for a more equitable and just society.