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Women I Love

Posted by charliegrrl on March 10, 2008

In spirit of International Women’s Day, I wanna celebrate some women who make me happy when I get down and women who I think are fab.

Lady Sovereign reminds me of me when I was a lass, except I had far worse dress sense and couldn’t rap, but yeah.. I love Lady Sovereign cos she has a great attitude, takes the piss out of the classism of those who hate ‘scallies’ or ‘hoodies’, and refuses to pose naked for FHM.

Staceyann Chin, a fab feminist poet.

Below is Dystin Johnson aka Norma on Shameless. Forget the L Word, finally a proper dyke on TV!

Christina Aguilera may not be an obvious choice, but she grew up with a violent father and here she sings about it. It’s brilliant.
And here’s Christina Aguilera again with my favourite feminist song, in which she gets harrassed by a man in the street and there ends up being a standoff between the women fighting back against the men.
And finally, Salt n Peppa, watch the difference in how these women sing about sex and dance with sexual agency, compared to groups such as girls aloud, sugababes and Britney Spears.

5 Responses to “Women I Love”

  1. Lara said

    Ahhh, gotta love Salt n Peppa. I was a total 90s kid and I was RAISED on that. Awesome post! With the Christina Aguilera’s “Can’t Hold Us Down” video – awesome, althought only thing I’ll comment on is that the main women who were the main players and shown the most in the video are the thin light-skinned women, with the bigger and darker black women being shown as side “ornaments” or comic relief…ouch.
    Anyway, Staceyann Chin is my shero 🙂 And that particular spoken word performance is my favorite by her. She breathes fire!

  2. Blackstone said

    Do you watch the salt and peppa show? much has changed 😦

  3. Why? said

    Very surprised at the inclusion of Chrisina Ag – pouting, breast implants and hair extensions aplenty. Why can she not demonstrate female strength, especially to her younger more impressionable fans, without all the male-defined sexualisation of herself? REally disappointed at this entry.

  4. Cos she was brought up with a violent father and her songs about her struggle really resonate with me. She did have a feminist phase but I know it’s kinda gone downhill from there.

    As for Salt n Peppa, I haven’t seen the show, I don’t think I want to cos it will spoil my good memories!


    Yeah, I really loved Christina Aguilera during the “Dirrty” phase. That album is fantastic, but I think “Beautiful” is wonderful, as is the video clip. Very powerful and strong. I am quite disappointed with her now though. The “Candy Man” video clip is absolutely shocking. I really think she ruined such a powerful moment in womens history, but, anyone notice that this happened AFTER she got married??????

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