Our Dream Feminist Coachella Lineup

With this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival—and its rampant cultural appropriation (ahem festival garb)—behind us for now, we’ve put together our dream feminist Coachella lineup featuring a handful of artists who have either claimed their feminism, sung about it, proudly rallied for it or unapologetically lived it. Here’s hoping a fem-fest of this size […]

Lesley Gore and Her Feminist Anthems

One of the treasured women of pop music died on Monday: Lesley Gore. A hitmaker at the age of 16 with the indelible “It’s My Party,” she followed that up with what she called “the first truly bitchy song,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and then with one of the first and greatest proto-feminist anthems, “You […]

The Politics of Sia’s Face

In the megawatt haze of the recording industry’s biggest night, we tend to gravitate towards the most shocking, eccentric or bizarre displays of showmanship. So it should come as no surprise that eyebrows were raised by singer/songwriter Sia’s three-foot platinum wig, which obscured her face on the Grammy red carpet. Later, to perform her hit song […]

At the Grammys, Domestic Violence is Cause Célèbre, But Black Women Rappers Are Uncelebrated

Leading up to last night’s Grammy Awards, controversy centered on what a victory for the white, Australia-born rapper Iggy Azalea would signify, as she would have been the first solo woman artist to collect the Best Rap Album award. Assessments of Azalea’s authenticity (her “blaccent” works with an on/off switch—she speaks differently than she raps) […]

A Feminist Ode to Bobbie Gentry

It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy dusty delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay … In the summer of 1967, there wasn’t anyone listening to AM radio who wasn’t familiar with these opening lines to the #1 hit record “Ode to Billie Joe.” Sung by long-dark-haired Bobbie […]

Nicki Minaj and the Inevitable Politicization of Celebrity Abortions

Reprinted with permission from RH Reality Check.  Read the original here. If you ever want to see a perfect example of how the mainstream media perpetuates abortion stigma, look no further than the reactions to Nicki Minaj’s recent Rolling Stone interview, in which she discussed an abortion she had as a teenager. In a world where most […]

Crank These Feminist Tunes on New Year’s Eve

As we bring 2014 to a close, we celebrate a year of feminism—a year in which the movement rose to national spotlight (quite literally), sparking conversations and empowerment on a grand scale. For those partaking in New Year’s Eve celebrations (and for those camped out with a good book), we’ve compiled some feminist gems to […]

The Privilege of Christmas Carols

It’s that holly, jolly time of year again when the festive patriarchy and cultural majority rises up and celebrates itself for its good-spirited, happy camaraderie. A time when we sing in hearty chorus, celebrating the triumphs and tribulations overcome by our favorite heroes, chipper and forward-looking, pulling themselves up by their red-and-green-striped bootstraps. Don’t get […]

Nicki Minaj and the Performance of White Supremacy

“[Hitler] killed Jews and Gypsies because he didn’t have us.” — from Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon I had already read the numerous condemnations before actually viewing the lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only.” Just how bad could it be? I thought. After all, I had not seen prior indication that the pop star was given to anti-Semitism. […]

Hey, Maroon 5! Stalking Isn’t Edgy

While Maroon 5’s “Animals” probably won’t be as big of a hit as Robin Thicke’s consent-ignorant “Blurred Lines,” “Animals” has taken the narrative of questionable consent and doubled-down with a music video that blatantly glorifies stalking and sexual violence against women. No blurred lines here. Lead singer Adam Levine plays a self-conscious, glasses-wearing butcher who stalks […]