Being a little music-deprived lately, I thought about songs I like and how many of them could actually be called feminist. Well… um… The result wasn’t really overwhelming, but the songs I could think of are awesome (at least to me ;)).
I know there are tons of lists like this one out there and I am sure I’m repeating the listing of songs that make other people’s top tens on a regular basis, but anway: these are some of the ones I came up with… Obviously, this list is leaning very heavily towards Hip Hop/Pop and the US (which is simply due to personal preferences), so I’ll appreciate further suggestions :)!
Queen Latifah: U.N.I.T.Y. [“Who you callin’ a bitch?!” / “You put your hands on me again, I’ll put your ass in handcuffs.”]:
Tata Vega: Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister) [“Oh sister, have I got news for you: I’m somethin’, I hope you think that you’re somethin’ too.”]:
Madonna: Human Nature [“I’m not your bitch, don’t hang your shit on me.”]:
Obviously, Bikini Kill: Rebel Girl [“Where she walks, the revolution’s coming.”]:
Nikki Lynette: Shut the F Up, Boy [“I’m a complicated, counter culture, reckless individual.”]:
Pink: U and Ur Hand [“I’m not here for your entertainment.”]:
To a certain degree… Lauryn Hill: Doo Wop (That Thing) [“Babygirl, respect is just a minimum.”]:
Joy Denalane: Change [“But people don’t need charity, it’s justice that we need.”]:
In a sense… P.O.S.: Duct Tape [“Baby’s got a Mama and a roll of duct tape.”]:
India Arie: I Am Not My Hair [“I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expecations.”]:
Oh, the bitter irony… The guy? Hell no! This song? Yes. Tupac Shakur: Keep Ya Head Up [“And since a man can’t make one, he has no right to tell a woman when and where ta create one.”]:
Obviously, Ani DiFranco: Not A Pretty Girl [“Maybe you’d prefer a maiden fair – isn’t there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere?”]:
Sookee (feat. Refpolk): Einige meiner besten Freunde sind Männer [“Er feiert Subversion, doch ihm fehlt das understatement.”]:
Lesley Gore: You Don’t Own Me […pretty self-explanatory :)]: