Music for feminists

(43 Posts)
AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 23-Jun-13 14:01:29

The recent thread on the Wanted made me realise how, these days, masses of current pop music irritates the hell out of me.

So, what do you lot all listen to that doesn't make you feel stabby and/or depressed? Not specifically looking for feminist music, just not anti-feminist.

GingerPCatt Sun 23-Jun-13 14:03:36

I sometimes listen to music in other languages. Since I can understand the lyrics any sexism doesn't annoy me. Or try more instrumental music so no obnoxious lyrics.

GingerPCatt Sun 23-Jun-13 14:06:54

Forgot to add, what type of music do you like?
For instrumental-ish stuff I'd recommend rodrigo y Gabrielle and Apocalyptica.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 23-Jun-13 14:12:52

I may be flamed here as her videos don't do feminism any favours but Beyonce writes some great lyrics. I always want to quote her on the relationships board. Also Kelly Clarkson blush.

I'm watching 'No 1s of the Noughties' on 4Music ATM) and a lot of cheesy pop music (Christina, Sugarbabes, Destiny's Child, Girls Aloud etc) has quite positive messages to women (being stronger, getting by without a man, having your own money) but it is always undercut by videos showing the artist/s grinding their vagina at the camera hmm

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 23-Jun-13 14:19:17

What sort of music do I like? Well, in all honesty, I have never truly left my teenage Brit pop origins behind. I will always have a soft spot for anything bouncy!

Other than that, I'm fairly eclectic. Er, today I have been listening to Pink, Andy Burrows, the new Deacon Blue. But will listen to most stuff. Not massively into dance or trance type music, or hip hop.

Good suggestion for other languages!

Tondelayo - I just can't get past those videos. Though I do like a few Beyoncé songs. Kelly Clarkson is good car listening I find smile

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:21:31

I have been listening to a lot of female artists recently. KT Tunstall is great, Birdy, I like Taylor Swift too blush but she is very much "Some day my prince will come" with her lyrics although she has some stuff about realisation of a good relationship after abusive ones.

I don't watch music videos as they just depress me.

Pop type stuff I like at the moment is Katy Perry, Bridgit Mendler, and Emily Sande although not that awful duet she has done. I haven't listened massively in detail to any of their lyrics but they don't stand out to me as being annoyingly sexist.

I keep meaning to write a proper blog about sexism in music, I started it but forgot to keep it up blush

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:23:07

I made this (two years ago according to youtube!) I don't know how many of the video links are now dead because I don't go on youtube very much for music any more but it might have a few ideas smile

Ani DiFranco is well known as a feminist singer and I love some of her songs.

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:23:14
zippey Sun 23-Jun-13 14:23:41

Alanis Morrisette, Pink, Moah and The Whale, Coldplay, Radiohead, Artic Monkeys?

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:24:16

Oh and Ellie Goulding for current pop artists which I love!

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:25:02

YY Pink as well. She's awesome.

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 14:30:38

I also prefer rock music as it tends to be about being awesome rather than being about bitchez all the time. I'm enjoying Black Stone Cherry at the moment. Avoid Don Broco though, they are terrible for sexism.

skrumle Sun 23-Jun-13 18:32:08

Last time there was a discussion thread about listening to women musicians i bought a couple of albums as a result and really liked them. i now mainly listen to women - Sia, Nicola Roberts, Miss Dynamite, Beyonce, Pink, Emeli Sande, Laura Mvula, Gwen Stefani, Florence and the Machine.

I don't really listen to them but what about Lana Del Reay or Ellie Goulding or Paloma Faith?

Fraxinus Sun 23-Jun-13 18:34:46

Other languages..... I used to really enjoy reggaeton. Until a Spanish friend translated some of the lyrics for me.... Yuck!

Tori Amos.

I don't really listen to much else tbh.

TheDoctrineOfAllan Sun 23-Jun-13 19:55:51

Just popping off to Advanced Search Music in FWR...

TheDoctrineOfAllan Sun 23-Jun-13 20:02:17
ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 20:05:34

Cough Cough [ try this]

ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 20:06:32

Hip hop. Not the mainstream shite, underground stuff.

Bumpstarter Sat 29-Jun-13 22:32:48

real woman.

I gave I whole thread of its own... But I'll park it here too.

ninah Sat 29-Jun-13 22:36:29

musical apartheid aside, patti smith usually makes me feel fine

GoshAnneGorilla Sun 30-Jun-13 01:46:19

Sleater-Kinney and Lunachicks are two of my favourite bands ever.

Fallopian Rhapsody by the latter is probably the best Pro Choice song ever:,d.bGE

GoshAnneGorilla Sun 30-Jun-13 01:47:17

Working link:

GoshAnneGorilla Sun 30-Jun-13 01:47:50
dyslexicdespot Sun 30-Jun-13 13:01:16

I used to love the Lunachicks, they put on amazing live shows. Spitboy the third sex, seven year bitch, the need and Tribe8 rocked as well.

BabyMakesMyEyesGoSleepy Mon 01-Jul-13 11:00:07

Can't abide singers who come with strong lyrics but the videos are purely for men's visual pleasure <yes Beyonce I am talking about you>. I find Pinks music and videos are quite often insightful,even the comedic ones. I like Tori Amos and think Cornflake girl was way before its time.

mignonette Mon 01-Jul-13 11:03:25

P J Harvey especially 'Let England Shake';
Kate Bush;
Joya Bravo;
Janis Joplin for her sheer bloody talent;
Bessie Smith

Bunnylion Mon 01-Jul-13 15:15:30

What about Metric ?

A great song called Patriarch On a Vespa and another called Poster of a Girl

Lead singer Emily Haines is an amazing woman. here's a video of one of her songs and another here and here

bootsycollins Mon 01-Jul-13 15:18:24

Joan Baez

mignonette Mon 01-Jul-13 15:21:01

this is my happy song here from Dollar Van demo's

MyHumpsMyLovelyBabyBumps Thu 04-Jul-13 21:55:31

Have you heard of the Lillith Fair festival OP? Worth a wiki if you get a chance. I have not actually been to one but would love to go if they hold it again

TheDoctrineOfAllan Thu 04-Jul-13 23:31:52

Love "Let England Shake" mignonette

ouryve Thu 04-Jul-13 23:34:19

I don;t usually care about sexism in lyrics, other than raisin an eyebrow about it, but Dido's No Angel CD really spoke to me when I was in an emotionally abusive marriage.

PearlyWhites Thu 04-Jul-13 23:38:12


Lio Sat 06-Jul-13 22:39:35

I love Dar Williams, but if you're not into singer-songwriters-with-a-guitar kind of thing she's maybe not for you (I should say there are lots of other instruments too on her albums) and my favourite album is called End of the Summer. Who can resist a song called 'Teenagers, Kick Our Butts'?

DespicableYou Sat 06-Jul-13 22:47:27

Cant believe no one has mentioned sinead o connor..

Boosterseat Thu 11-Jul-13 21:12:56

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mamaonion Fri 12-Jul-13 19:05:58

India Arie's first album was fantastic, as was I am Jill Scott by Jill Scott - my era!!!

EstelleGetty Fri 12-Jul-13 19:14:38

Kate Bush - gender doesn't even come into it, she's so creative.
PJ Harvey - love, love, love Dry.
Lauryn Hill - so intelligent and soulful
Nina Simone - just a force of nature

And more recently smile ...
Katy B - she is ace. I love her song Lights On (with Ms Dynamite). She's just dancing, having an ace time, no mention of boys!
Solange - Beyonce's wee sister. Her latest album is amazing. Really creative, and Bad Girls is a very moving song which would have really struck a chord with me when I was younger.

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kim147 Fri 12-Jul-13 19:27:01

Suzanne Vega - a great singer / songwriter. Luka just makes me want to cry.

Sheryl Crow - another great singer / songwriter.

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