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message 1: by Lorelai (new)

Lorelai Berry (lorelai_raven) | 31 comments Hi guys,
I've really been enjoying this book club, and have decided to explore feminism through some alternative forms of media. Does anyone know any good feminist music? So far I have really liked "Been a Son" by Nirvana, "Just a Girl" by No Doubt, and "When I Was a Boy" by Dar Williams. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

message 2: by Zac (new)

Zac | 1 comments Maybe Supergirl by Reamon

message 3: by Kori (new)

Kori | 27 comments Thanks for getting this thread going, Lorelai! "When I Was a Boy" by Dar Williams was one of my favorites in high school, I need to revisit it.

Some of the musicians that are coming to mind don't identify as feminist (at least to my knowledge), but have had songs that have influenced my own development as a feminist, so I'll include them.

"Just One of the Guys" - Jenny Lewis
Nina Simone ("Four Women")
Tori Amos
Janelle Monáe
Joni Mitchell
k.d. lang
Queen Latifah ("Ladies First")
Indigo Girls
Lauryn Hill
Meshell Ndegeocello
Ani DiFranco

happy listening! I'll edit this post when more come to mind.

message 4: by Aglaea (new)

Aglaea | 987 comments Kori wrote: "Thanks for getting this thread going, Lorelai! "When I Was a Boy" by Dar Williams was one of my favorites in high school, I need to revisit it.

Some of the musicians that are coming to mind don't ..."

Great list. I love Lauren Hill and Janelle Monáe.

message 5: by Ana, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Ana PF | 746 comments Mod
I really, really love 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill. One of their members founded The Julie Ruin, which is in a very similar genre. :D

message 6: by Tim (new)

Tim I can't say I know many songs very specifically about female empowerment that I particularly love, if any, and I don't much like using the term "feminist music" because I don't really like labelling art with ideology (similarly, I don't like calling punk "anarchist music"). Nonetheless, I think Rasputina and Zoë Keating are both amazing female.

Rasputina is a band mostly based around cello (acoustic or electric, depending on the song) and drums, with female vocals; perhaps some good songs to start with would be "Jackaroe", "The Female Highwayman" and "Choose Me for Champion".

Zoë Keating is a crowd funded solo cello orchestra and while she doesn't have any vocals in her songs to speak of, I think they're brilliant and deserve to be listened to. There's too little appreciation for the sound of plain and simple classical instruments as it is.

"Glory, Glory" by Rose Windows is also worth listening to at least once I think.

message 7: by Tim (new)

Tim Thanks Gayle (assuming that was meant as a response to my claim on the term "feminist music"), but my mind is set on that topic. I think labelling any art form by the ideology it supports sends the message that all people who identify with said ideology, and *only* they, ought to like it, and I'm not cool with that mentality. Art belongs to everyone and people can love/hate a work, despite/because of its way of showcasing the world or specific topics.

(Also: I wouldn't exactly recommend using articles you wrote yourself here. The group does have rules in regards to self-promotion)

message 8: by Gerd (last edited Jul 23, 2016 12:53PM) (new)

Gerd | 428 comments So with the obvious Ani DiFranco out of the way, I'll add to it

Jane Siberry, "Oh my my"
June Tabor, "She moves among men"
Joan Baez, "Wagoner's lad" among others.
Pete Seeger, "The Pill"
Michelle Shocked, "Prodigal daughter"
Pete Seegers "Under American Skies" - I'd say is feminist, or maybe I just like to think so because the topic is close to my heart.

I'd almost forgot to add the CD "Coal Mining Women"

P.S.: Dar Williams is always a perfect choice. *thumbs up*

message 9: by Lorelai (last edited Jul 23, 2016 04:58PM) (new)

Lorelai Berry (lorelai_raven) | 31 comments Ana wrote: "I really, really love 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill. One of their members founded The Julie Ruin, which is in a very similar genre. :D"

Hi Tim. I am sorry if my term "feminist music" offended you. I didn't mean to put anyone in a box, or imply that people who are not feminists are not allowed to enjoy those songs. I just figured "feminist music" was the best way to describe what I was looking for. I assumed everyone would understand the point I was trying to get across. Thanks for your suggestions. : )

message 10: by Tim (new)

Tim Lorelai wrote: "Ana wrote: "I really, really love 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill. One of their members founded The Julie Ruin, which is in a very similar genre. :D"

Hi Tim. I am sorry if my term "feminist music" off..."

I wasn't all that bothered by it. I know most people use it as a shorter version for "music that espouses feminist views" and nobody wants to spell that out completely, but it just doesn't invoke the same idea with me and I felt like I had to express that just as food for thought.

I don't think Gayle was necessarily self-promoting either, but I was just hoping it wouldn't count as such to the mods (considering there surely are other articles to be found on the matter) because to be fair I think we've had at least one or two such instances.

Hope you all like the music

message 11: by Ana, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (last edited Jul 23, 2016 03:23PM) (new)

Ana PF | 746 comments Mod
Also, I don't think Gayle was replying to you. I also don't think she was self-promoting, but thanks for the concern.

The OSS admin team kindly begs to differ on that point, Lorelai. :)
What Gayle did, and subsequently prompted us to flag and delete her post here, was indeed self-promotion, and it is far from being the first warning that she's got. It is the final one, however. We have a fairly strict policy against self-promoting in OSS for the sake of transparency and management, and we actually feel that we have not honoured it by allowing Gayle to breach the rule over and over. She shall be banned and so will whoever who blatantly refuses to respect the rules.

Otherwise, let's keep this thread focused on music. None of us admins enjoy playing the bad cops role, but sadly enough sometimes we are forced to. :)

message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Well, shit, now I feel like a total snitch. Just to be clear everyone, I didn't mean I knew Gayle had been warned about it before, I just meant other people have been reported and/or warned for it in the past.

message 13: by Lorelai (new)

Lorelai Berry (lorelai_raven) | 31 comments Tim wrote: "Lorelai wrote: "Ana wrote: "I really, really love 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill. One of their members founded The Julie Ruin, which is in a very similar genre. :D"

Hi Tim. I am sorry if my term "fem..."

Hi Ana. I'm sorry, I was unaware that Gayle was the author of those books. When I looked them up I only got the last name, which made me believe she was simply sharing a resource. Sorry about the confusion, I have edited my post to more appropriately reflect the situation. Thanks for explaining and handling the problem. We all appreciate you guys doing such a great job with the group!

message 14: by Ana, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Ana PF | 746 comments Mod
Oh, no, Lorelai. I mean, thanks for editing but we wouldn't have expected you to do so. :) You also couldn't know, not necessarily at least. :)
In fact, the good part of being a team is, it's always a different person saving the day. This case was first noticed by another mod, and anyway, as I just said, I'd rather not disclose to you just how many times one of us bumps into something and is all, wth you folks, rule breach on aisle 2, two hours ago, wuuuut, let's act on this already haha.
Tim, nah, don't worry. Even if you hadn't noticed anything, we would still have. :) She got a fair number of warnings from us and that's the way things work, again, for management purposes. Anyway, it's not like it's a ban forever, as you know from our past experiences with trolls. Gayle was not a troll, and IIRC, the ban lasts for sometime and then the user can return, or something similar? Another mod may want to chime in and confirm, but I guess that my main line is, miscarried members (won't say sheep so as not to sound disrespectful!) may very well find their way back...as long as they change their attitude. :)

message 15: by Kori (new)

Kori | 27 comments Oh, and Nellie McKay! Especially her song 'Mother of Pearl'

message 16: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Ana wrote: "I really, really love 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill."

I must admit I would not have known about the songs and the artist discussed here if I was not reading this months book. which is very involving and well written by the way.

It is interesting to note that feminist music seems to have evolved not as a deliberate act of creating such, but just through the women involved singing about there lives and experiences.

I wonder if there is now a time to to explore feminist music as deliberate action creating anthems to rally people now from the feminist struggles now and in the past. This may well be happening but inf so it is in the independent circuit but not so much in the mainstream, commercial markets.

message 17: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie | 184 comments I agree with the suggestion of anything by Janelle Monae...she's an amazing artist as well as being an intelligent, outspoken feminist. :D

message 18: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments I am almost finished this months book I am up to speed on the music scene, at least for the period covered in the book I shall look at the artist I don't know (and revisit the ones I do) from the lists here.

Rock on, all :)

message 19: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here are some songs which I think have a feminist content/message:

Yansn & Torkel T - Gender Rules

Sonic Boom Six - No man, no right

...But Alive - Lasst es ihre Entscheidung sein

Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl

And here comes one song which I think has a really cool message against homophobia (with a focus on homophobia and soccer):
Marcus Wiebusch - Der Tag wird kommen

message 20: by love hurts (last edited Oct 31, 2016 06:07AM) (new)

love hurts  | 24 comments scars to your beautiful- Alessia Cara

Sit still, look pretty- Daya

message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Alicia Key has released a new album called HERE and it is absolutely amazing. It talks about the problems that have been going on in the world, including the fact the women are always being treated as though they must become dolls every day otherwise they aren't beautiful. The song is called, 'Girl Can't Be Herself'. I will list some more songs too!

• Girl Can't Be Herself by Alicia Keys
• Scars to Your Beautiful by Alesia Cara
• Born This Way by Lady Gaga
• Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé

message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Here are some songs I think are good for promoting women empowerment, showing the beauty that we all have, what a relationship should be like and how we are even, and the hardships of homosexual individuals in this world.

~ You Don't Own Me by Grace (ft. G-Easy)
~ Superwoman by Alicia Keys
~ Woman's Worth by Alicia Keys
~ If I Were a Boy by Beyoncé
~ You & I by John Legend
~ When You Really Love Someone by Alicia Keys
~ Where Do We Begin Now by Alicia Keys

And yes! I enjoy listening to music by Alicia Keys very much!

message 23: by Henriette (new)

Henriette Terkelsen (henrietteterkelsen) The swedish band The Knife is really interesting! The band consists of a brother and sister, but they perform wearing masks and gender neutral outfits and they do voice manipulating, thus conseiling their gender. You never know which one is singing. They actively try to erase their gender when performing.

Anohni (formerly known as Antony Hegarty) is really cool as well. Not unproblematic, but cool in a challenging way.

message 24: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Great song by Ana Tijoux: Antipatriarca

No sumisa ni obediente
Mujer fuerte insurgente
Independiente y valiente
Romper las cadenas de lo indiferente
No pasiva ni oprimida
Mujer linda que das vida
Emancipada en autonomía
Antipatriarca y alegría
A liberar


message 25: by Anita (new)

Anita | 87 comments Joni Mitchell - Twisted
Nina Simone - Four Women
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

message 26: by Anita (new)

Anita | 87 comments I meant Four Women by Nina Simone..

message 27: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here comes a romantic Love Song for all Feminists, Rebel Girls and Women's Marchers :)


message 28: by Ellie (new)

Ellie A good girl-power song is You Don't Own Me, by Grace (ft G.Easy)

message 29: by Ellie (new)

Ellie https://youtu.be/mTh1scMc94A Hard Out Here, by Lily Allen
https://youtu.be/pOf3kYtwASo Do It Like A Dude, by Jessie J
https://youtu.be/2uYs0gJD-LE Bad Girls, by M.I.A.

message 30: by Ellie (new)

Ellie https://youtu.be/GXoZLPSw8U8 Try, by Colbie Caillat
https://youtu.be/tC1XtnLRLPM Blurred Lines (Defined Lines), by Robin Thicke
https://youtu.be/AvX3WdYoKvM Secrets, by Mary Lambert
https://youtu.be/dg8QgUIKXHw Can't Hold Us Down, by Christina Aguilera
https://youtu.be/-AphKUK8twg SuperWoman, by Alicia Keys

message 31: by Ellie (new)

Ellie https://youtu.be/qZ-GE-rJq7s You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing, by Halestorm

message 32: by Ellie (new)

Ellie https://youtu.be/U9jkMxjWWXc Top Ten Girl Power Songs

message 33: by Karen (new)

Karen Ramirez | 10 comments Check out Women's March playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/womensm...

They have really great songs of all genres. Enjoy!

message 34: by Melisa (new)

Melisa | 3 comments The majority of the album FROOT by Marina and the Diamonds.

message 35: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Women march play list rocks

message 36: by Gerd (new)

Gerd | 428 comments Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" among others
(a shame I didn't think of her earlier, she's one of the reasons I still love Country Music)

Pete Seeger's "The Pill" too. :)

message 37: by Rebekka (new)

Rebekka (bookjungledweller) (bookjungledweller) Great thread!! Now womens march playlist is my evening routine :)

message 38: by Holly (last edited Mar 20, 2017 07:39AM) (new)

Holly (goldikova) In my youth I was greatly inspired by the women of the punk movement. Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Viv Albertine,, Siouxie Sioux, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, Debbie Harry all made statements about women's place in rock music. They didn't need to put social statements into their music........they were statements on society in and of themselves.

I still prefer powerful, guitar driven music to the introspective, lyrically driven types of music. Three chords and a good beat is all I need to enjoy it.

message 39: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments @ Holly, that's great! :)
We share something here! I was a Punk when I was a teenager and I still feel like Punk is my life now that I'm 41. I am especially a fan of the Riot Grrrl Movement! Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, oh yeah, I still love these bands! :)

And I have two new songs for all sisters and brothers of the Rainbow:

Schrottgrenze: Sterne
Neonschwarz: Love will never die

message 40: by Holly (new)

Holly (goldikova) That was good stuff! Liz Phair, L7, ......... and whatever happened to PJ Harvey?

message 41: by Karen (new)

Karen Ramirez | 10 comments Really glad that you are enjoying Women's March spotify playlist just like I am

message 42: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments YEEEES! :) I love Liz Phair, she's wonderful! <3
Fck & run
What makes you happy
Polyester bride / 6'1''

message 43: by Mel (new)

Mel Hart | 13 comments should listen to anything by Molotov Jukebox

message 44: by Hillary (new)

Hillary Chamberlin Hello, late in the action of this feed. But I absolutely love Joy Williams' "Woman (Oh Moma)" she was originally apart of the group The Civil Wars but now is doing her own thing. I read earlier in this feed that someone suggested Halestorm, which is one of my favorite kick ass rock groups. Paramore has a great female lead and Florence & the Machine is always one of my go-to female artists. Then there are some classics like Stevie Nicks, Heart, Joan Jet, Janis Joplin and Pat Benatar (all awesome female leads).

I could think of many more but that should be a good start. Enjoy!

message 45: by Karen (new)

Karen Ramirez | 10 comments Check out Phenomenal Woman by Laura Mvula! Crazy beat!!

message 46: by Gabby (new)

Gabby  Thorpe (diaryofabibliophagist) | 51 comments I would like to second any love of Bikini Kill and just Katherine Hanna in general because she is a queen. Also if you're into punk-y stuff then I strongly, strongly recommend Petrol Girls, a lesser known U.K. band who really do espouse feminism in their music and work around consent in the 'scene'. Also War on Women who have some very empowering feminist songs and are American :)

Hope you enjoy x

message 47: by Gabby (new)

Gabby  Thorpe (diaryofabibliophagist) | 51 comments Also late to the party 🎉 haha

message 48: by Gabby (new)

Gabby  Thorpe (diaryofabibliophagist) | 51 comments Kathleen Hanna***
Sorry, couldn't let that mistake go uncorrected, and couldn't edit it because I'm using the Goodreads app instead of my computer

message 49: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here comes one very beautiful lovesong for all those of you who wanna see the web to become a wonderful place for all of us. <3

message 50: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Many of you may already know this song but I will post it anyway because I think it's really great!


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