Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

21 March 2008

Un-Feminist Music Jams

My husband just turned down the NCAA game to put on the radio. A station is playing some freakin' awesome mixes. I started listening during a Brooks & Dunn song that merged into Margaritaville into some booty-shaking music from high school. Just now:

- My Humps
- Nothing But A Good Time
- Keep on Rocking Me Baby
- Glamorous Life

And in between the actual songs are snippets of other booty-shaking songs that really a feminist shouldn't be shaking her ass to, but I do. Sue me. Now if only I can finish my damn article on women of color in the mommy blogosphere. It's due next week and while it's very short, I'm totally freaking out as I have a lot riding on this baby. Mostly I don't want to disappoint the totally awesome people who will be reading & editing and maybe thinking, "Damn, maybe we don't need this..."

Back to work!

- You're The One I Want over Snoop Dogg just started...

1 comments:

as a songwriter/musician i am very interested in this question of whether a feminist "should" be into certain booty-shaking jams. (i know you were just being flip but this is actually something i think about.) chris rock did a whole routine about it that was pretty interesting as well as funny. my wife, who is a pretty hardcore feminist, really really loves "the seed 2.0" by the roots & cody chestnutt, in fact it is one of her favorite songs - but if you actually listen to the lyrics they're pretty horrible. i know that a lot of people enjoy songs and ignore the lyrics, but as a singer and writer of lyrics this disturbs me (or, perhaps it's just a blow to my ego). it's a phenomenon i find curious.

then you have the feminist songwriter who writes a song that on the surface sounds totally anti-feminist - like "sweet surrender" by sarah mclachlan, for example, which sounds to me an awful lot like a song written by a woman submitting to male domination. is she being ironic in the song? if so, there is absolutely nothing in the music to convey that emotionally.

then of course you have songs like "run for your life" by the beatles, "under my thumb" by the stones or "hey joe" by jimi hendrix, which are just flat-out misogynist if you take them at face value, but are also arresting pieces of music AND narrative. is it simply a bad idea to take songs at face value? it's something i find difficult to resolve.