As the end of GPS class, I would like to conclude with my several favorite feminism-characterized songs. Feminism is not about rejecting men, adopting a tough style and burning bras. Actually the majority of feminists are liberal feminists, who believe that nobody gains from female-oppression, that the ending of gender-socialization is key to creating a more fair society and equality between men and women is necessary and achievable.
Our blogs might be in a rest for a while, however, our attention about women and gender-equality will never cease! Enjoy the following feminism-characterized and amazing songs!
Aretha Franklin-respect 1967
However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”
Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female .
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman-1997
This song is guaranteed to get every woman out of their seats and onto the dance floor to celebrate the fact that they are female! In this song, Twain is “goin’ out tonight” and she’s “feelin’ all right / Gonna get a little outta line”. She doesn’t care what people thing, Twain wants to colour her hair, do what she dares – because the best thing about being a woman is their “prerogative to have a little fun”. What better way to celebrate your femininity.
Silent all these years-Tori Amos 1991
Silent All These Years” is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album little earthquakes. It was released in North America in April 1992 and was used promote awareness of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
Helen Eeddy- I am woman 1972
Reddy’s stardom was consolidated when her single “I Am Woman” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1972.
Reddy has attributed the impetus for writing “I Am Woman” and her early awareness of the women’s movement to expatriate Australian rock critic and pioneer feminist Lillian Roxon.
Reddy is quoted in Fred Bronson’s The Billboard Book of Number One Hits as saying that she was looking for songs to record which reflected the positive self-image she had gained from joining the women’s movement, but could not find any, so “I realized that the song I was looking for didn’t exist, and I was going to have to write it myself”.
Pink -stupid girls. 2008
The title seems too odd to have characteristics of feminism. However, the song is not a bashing of young women; it’s a criticism of the extreme gender-socialization that some women are trapped by.
Although many people, myself included, are fans of women like this in the limelight – it is undeniable that in mainstream media, especially magazines, websites and TV Programmes that women are promoted for their looks, and not for what they have to offer society.
Alicia Keys-superwoman 2007
She has many songs expressing her feminist views, and this is probably the best example she has. Keys is upset, annoyed, aggravated; she sees the injustices and inequality faced by women everyday in their lives and she’s not going to stand for it.
This a song of positive vibes, and Keys has made it her mission to free women from the inequality they live under and she is certain that she with every other woman on the planet can become “Superwoman” and improve their situations.
——Posted bt Jia LIU