Meet June Millington: The First Badass Lady Rocker

This article originally appeared on Soundfly‘s blog, Flypaper. It’s 8pm on a Wednesday evening, and a pixelated June Millington waits patiently on Skype as I pull up a write-up of her massive autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges (published by No Depression). As I scroll through the summary of the 500+ page book, I realize […]

The Feminist “Hotline Bling” Translation You Didn’t Know You Were Searching For

Unless you’ve been stranded on an icy island somewhere in the Arctic this year, chances are you have heard Drake’s newest hit song, “Hotline Bling.” With its strangely addictive elevator-music-meets-Drizzy-beat—reminiscent of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”—the song quickly became a hit. While the tune is undoubtedly catchy—and the video wonderfully meme-worthy—the lyrics of “Hotline Bling” are decidedly un-feminist. […]

Adele: “I’m a Feminist”

In case you needed another reason to love Adele, she offered one in a recent interview. While making the publicity rounds for her forthcoming album, 25, due out Nov. 20, the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning singer sat down with Rolling Stone to talk life, music, motherhood and more. And while she might not be aware that there’s a […]

11 Badass Feminist Song Lyrics

There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem to get you buzzing. Whether it’s a song about double standards, sexism or unconventional sexuality, or self-worth, respect and empowerment, these inspiring tunes from the past and present showcase feminism without fear. Click through the slideshow for some badass feminist lyrics to hum in your car, scrawl in your notebook or […]

Sexism in the Music Business? Taylor Swift & Ryan Adams Shake it Off!

It may have started as a joke. Or maybe a form of break-up therapy. Whatever led alt-rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams to record his own track-by-track version of Taylor Swift’s mega-hit album 1989, it’s turning out to be a big win for the two artists on many fronts. In what has to be a music history first, both […]

The Evolution of Female Masturbation in Pop Music

If you still remember Hailee Steinfeld as a 14-year-old girl who rocked twinned braids and got an Oscar nomination for True Grit, prepare yourself for her transformation. The now-legal adult recently released a music video for her first single, “Love Myself,” and it’s packed with some serious sass. While the song ostensibly centers around building self-esteem and […]

8 Period Anthems for Surviving “The Curse”

The next time you’re curled up in a ball, holding a heating pad in one hand and a milkshake in the other while a wolverine ravages your uterus, don’t resign yourself to watching Nicholas Sparks movies for the week. Menstruation is no reason to feel bad about yourself, so cheer up with this Ms. Blog playlist […]

The Feminist Power of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself”

As many of you may know by now, neither the “Feeling Myself” music video nor the unapologetic celebration of voluptuousity that was the “Anaconda” music video were nominated for best video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Nicki Minaj took to Twitter after the snub, calling out the music industry for routinely ignoring […]

Rihanna Unchained

I must confess that Rihanna is a guilty pleasure of mine. While pop stars like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have claimed feminist identities, Rihanna refuses to toe political lines, rejects respectability politics, and unabashedly engages in bad behavior. Our society expects oh-so-high standards for women and people of color who must self-present as “role models.” Rihanna is having none […]

The Ultimate Feminist Summer Mixtape

It’s officially summer! In the spirit of the season, we would like to kick off with a feel-good mixtape of feminist summer hits to help you celebrate (or escape) the inevitable sizzle. Whether you’re beach-bound and driving along with some grrrl rock jams, having a dance party under the stars to dreamy neo-soul, or looking to cool down in […]