Misogyny vs Feminism

Music: the political voice of popular culture

Welcome to 2014, a year where one can class themselves a feminist and release a song with the lyrics “Do what you want, what you want with my body” (Lady Gaga, Do What U Want).

LADY-GAGA-DO-WHAT-U-WANT(Image Source: Lady Gaga)

Music is central within the enduring debate surrounding the at once, rise and fall of misogyny.

As we farewell 2013, we reflect upon a year presented full of wide conflict between the ideologies of misogyny and feminism as the all ten of the songs with the “most misogynistic lyrics from  music” (Crushable.com) were released in 2013, yet at the same time, twenty four of the top fifty songs of the year are either sung by, or feature a female artist (Billboard).

Many say that 2013 was “a big year for feminism” (E. Shanchez, The Guardian), and I could not agree more. 2013 saw female musicians sore to the top of the charts repetitively, creating and breaking records no one knew would be possible.

After not releasing any new music for two years, international superstar Beyonce Knowles released her self titled album without any warning – crashing iTunes servers around the world. The female superstar was also the first artist to release an album where each track was accompanied with a video clip. Celebrating feminism, sex, gender and fame – the albums eleventh track ‘***Flawless’ features feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stating that

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”

Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The above quote is featured within the middle of the track, as the song continues Beyonce proudly voices “We Flawless” sparking a cultural phenomenon.

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References

The Most Offensive, Misogynistic Lyrics From Songs This Year. 2014. The Most Offensive, Misogynistic Lyrics From Songs This Year. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.crushable.com/2014/01/13/entertainment/misogynistic-lyrics-in2013-music/. [Accessed 13 May 2014].

Top 10 Songs | Top 10 Everything of 2013 – Arts and Entertainment | TIME.com. 2014. Top 10 Songs | Top 10 Everything of 2013 – Arts and Entertainment | TIME.com. [ONLINE] Available at:http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/04/arts-and-entertainment/slide/top-10-songs/. [Accessed 13 May 2014].

Hot 100 Songs: 2013 Year-End Charts | Billboard. 2014. Hot 100 Songs: 2013 Year-End Charts | Billboard. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2013/hot-100-songs?page=7. [Accessed 13 May 2014].

BEYONCE KNOWLES LYRICS – Flawless. 2014. BEYONCE KNOWLES LYRICS – Flawless. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beyonceknowles/flawless.html. [Accessed 13 May 2014].

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On The TEDx Talk Beyonce Sampled And Why We Should Forget Feminism’s ‘Baggage’. 2014. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On The TEDx Talk Beyonce Sampled And Why We Should Forget Feminism’s ‘Baggage’. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-feminism_n_4907241.html. [Accessed 13 May 2014].

 

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