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by sexistmusicissexist

So something occurred to me very late last night, as I was trying to get to sleep (isn’t that always the way?)

I was watching the music video to my favourite band’s new song, and let me tell you there was a lot of material there that got my brain whirring. Recently I’ve been very interested in feminism and feminist theory, and this video set off sexist alarm bells in my head in a way that would never have happened before I started thinking about feminism.

Then, before I knew it, I was constructing an entire essay in my head about the band’s entire discography and sexism, and I felt that it needed to be written. Somewhere. And, you guessed it, that somewhere is here.

So before we get started, I’d like to add a few disclaimers:

  • I won’t love every singer or band that I look at, and I’ll make it very apparent which ones I love and which ones I don’t. But just because I like a band or singer doesn’t mean they are not sexist, and I’m fully aware of that.
  • Just because a band or singer is problematic does not mean they aren’t good. Many things in the media contain sexism, whether noticeable or subtle, but if we all stopped watching/listening/reading anything that might be sexist, we’d be very bored people.
  • I like discussion. Please feel free to tell me if you disagree with me, I love seeing other people’s points of view. However, I don’t have time for trolls, spam or people who want an argument rather than a discussion/debate. There is a difference.
  • I’m open to suggestions. If you see a music video or hear a song that you find problematic, please let me know and I’ll try and add it to my very long list 🙂

Music is such a huge part of our daily lives, from listening to it by choice, or by accident. It’s played in homes, in cars, in shops, in restaurants, at parties, in clubs. What kind of subliminal messages do your favourite songs send you?

Now that all of that’s cleared up, shall we begin?