Putting someone else down is never truly empowering

WHY WE NEED TO SEPARATE ‘GIRL POWER’ FROM ‘BOY HATE’.

Verily: Do you have a girl power playlist? You know, a playlist dedicated to songs by fierce females to keep you going during a workout or pump you up before a job interview. Maybe it’s Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” or “Roar” by Katy Perry.

But let me pose another question: Is your girl power playlist more girl power or boy hate? A friend once asked me this question. It seemed frivolous at first, but it has since opened my ears, so to speak, to themes of empowerment in music.  more

13 Comments on Putting someone else down is never truly empowering

  1. MJA, I was going to recommend Fight Song before reading the rest of the post, too funny.

    Another good one is Brave by Sara Bareilles.

    Barlow Girls, Superchick, Francesca Batistelli….

  2. I have some serious soul searching to do. Is Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” about breasts? If so, I really feel bad…ok maybe not…

  3. I cringe when I hear ’empowerment’. And ‘diversity’, ‘victimhood’, ‘safe space’, ‘actualized’, ‘break out session’, ‘effectuated’, ‘access’ (referencing health care, birth control, legal aid), and a whole shit load of other terms that just make my ass crave ice water when I hear people so totally consumed with really shit first world problems ‘verbalize’ them.

    Shame on my neanderthal ass, but I mostly discount their utterances like I do a duck fart.

    Ducks fart. It signifies exactly nothing when the cloaca dilates and gas escapes.

    But ya’ll have fun with it and all. Glad you have something to occupy your time and tweet about while driving. It’s THAT important.

    FUCK!

  4. “I Will Survive.” It really gets the topless dancers going. Is that what we’re looking for here?

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