Monday, February 05, 2007

Feminist songs

I've been thinking about how few mainstream feminist songs there are. My favorite is probably Christina Aguilera's "Can't Hold Us Down" (despite the inclusion of Li'l Kim) because the lyrics are so powerful and to the point. I also really like Madonna's "What It Feels Like For a Girl." Others that come to mind are No Doubt's "Just a Girl," Ani DiFranco's "Not a Pretty Girl," and maybe the best of all--John Lennon's "Woman Is the Nigger of the World."

What are your favorites?


I really like "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:40 PM  

Whatever happened to her, anyway?

By Blogger Diane, at 5:52 PM  

The most exciting and powerful of all feminist songs was Yoko Ono's "Woman Power" from her first album, "Feeling the Space." Now remastered and available thru Here are the lyrics:


You've heard of woman nation,
Well, that's coming, baby.
What we need is the power of trust,
That it's coming.
You've heard of the law of selection,
Well, that's how were gonna do it, baby.
We allow men who wanna join us
The rest can just stay by themselves.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

Two thousand years of male society,
Laying fear and tyranny.
Seeking grades and money,
Clinging to values vain and phony.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

Do you know that one day you lost your way, man?
Do you know that some day you have to pay, man?
Have you anything to say, man, except
Make no mistake about it, I'm the president, you hear!
I wanna make one thing clear, I'm the president, you hear!

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

You don't hear them singing songs,
You don't see them living life,
cause they've got nothing to say, but
Make no mistake about it, I'm the president, you hear!
I wanna make one thing clear, I'm the president, you hear!

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

You may be the president now,
You may still be a man.
But you must also be a human,
So open up and join us in living.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

In the coming age of feminine society,
Well regain our human dignity.
Well lay some truth and clarity
And bring back nature's beauty.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

Ev'ry woman has a song to sing,
Ev'ry woman has a story to tell.
Make no mistake about it, brothers,
We women have the power to move mountains.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)

Teach them how to cook the meals,
Teach them how to knit,
Teach them how to care for life instead of killing.
There's no mistake about it, sisters,
We women have the power to change the world.

Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power! (woman power!)
Woman power!
Woman power!
Woman power! (woman power!)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:02 AM  

Ooh, yes! I forgot all about that one.

By Blogger Diane, at 8:53 AM  

I like these:


but I'm not sure either will ever be "mainstream"!

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