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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

12 Feminist Anthems

ENTERTAINMENT - Looking for feminist music that is more mainstream? Here you go! :)

#1. Salt-n-Pepa, 'None of Your Business'

With a chorus like "If I wanna take a guy home with me tonight, It's none of your business!" the point is made clear.

#2. Destiny's Child, 'Independent Women'

There is a very strong feminist undertone to all of Destiny's Child's music. This one especially.

#3. Nina Simone, 'Four Women'

A slow song, but a poignant song about identity.

#4. Team Dresch, 'She's Amazing'

Considered by some to be the greatest all female punk band of the 1990s. A must have for Riot Grrls.

#5. Patti Smith, 'Piss Factory'

Ever had a dead end job? This one will make you think.

#6. Bikini Kill, 'Rebel Girl'

Cuz Rebel Girl, you're the Queen of My World. :)

#7. The Raincoats, 'Lola'

More for the lesbian and dyke crowd, but hey, its all good. The Raincoats version adds an extra element to the original song.

#8. Bratmobile, 'Cool Schmool'

More for the bratty riot grrl crowd so not quite mainstream per se, but listen closely to the lyrics.

#9. Carole King, '(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman'

You have to listen to the whole thing to truly appreciate the feminist elements of it. Not just a love song. Its about being natural, without the need for makeup, botox, surgery or any of that nonsense.

#10. Aretha Franklin, 'Respect'

Seriously, the greatest feminist anthem of all time. Huzzah!

#11. Destiny's Child - 'Survivor'

Yeah I know there is 2 Destiny's Child songs on this list. What can I say, they really know how to pump up that self-esteem and anyone who increase self-esteem is good in my opinion.

#12. Ani DiFranco... all of her songs!!! 'Blood in the Boardroom'

Because what list of feminist anthem songs would be complete without Ani F*cking DiFranco??? Ani has over 200 songs and the vast majority of them have a feminist theme. The following is one that all women can identify with.

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