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A Playlist for the Unapologetic
It’s been speculated that 2018 is shaping up to be the Year of the Feminist, with the end of 2017 seeing celebrities worldwide call out systemic sexism, especially in regards to the pandemic harassment in the work place.
The allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein by a plethora of women, spanning over decades sparked one of the biggest acts of clicktivism in its history. What rose from this was the #metoo hashtag.
Despite the awful reasoning, it is an exciting time for women who are feeling more empowered than ever to speak out against patriarchal bullshit.
This year’s Women’s March saw singer Halsey perform a free verse poem, titled “A Story Like Mine”, which has been viewed more than 6 million times. The speech retells Halsey’s experiences with sexual abuse throughout her life and depicts that every woman she knows has a story similar.
In better 2018 news: Iceland became the first country to make it completely illegal for women to be paid less than men and Natalie Portman called out the Golden Globes for having a category with all male nominees. Although on a much smaller scale, I found it satisfyingly frustrating to pick only ten songs for a female-led Hottest 100 list.
So now that we’re almost a month in to the new year, it’s time to shape it with a killer soundtrack. I present you with my top seven feminist anthems, new and old, to help you be the baddest bitch you were born to be.
Helen Reddy – “I Am Woman”
Never have I felt more empowered than when I recreated that scene from the Sex and the City movie by performing this at karaoke. Albeit, I had had a few wines at this point, but it felt like a better time than ever to tell the middle-aged men at my hometown bowlo that “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.”
Start every day with one dose of this song to reach full female empowerment for the next year.
Vera Blue – “Lady Powers”
This song seems to be playing on the radio every time I jump in the car – and so it should be! Explained by Vera Blue in a Facebook post, “Lady Powers is about not having to use your sexuality to be respected as a women (sic).”
The Divinyls – “I Touch Myself”
Chrissy Amphlett’s story is one of the best rock n’ roll stories around. By the time she was 21, Amphlett was beginning her journey of becoming Australia’s first female rock icon. She’d worked the pub circuit, travelled the world and even done time in Spain for illegal busking.
Amphlett was responsible for a lot of the song-writing in The Divinyls, however “I Touch Myself” was primarily written by songwriter Billy Steinberg. But with the help of her unapologetically female stage presence and