18 year old country music duo Maddie and Tae's first single, "Girl in a Country Song" could be a groundbreaking for young girls and country music. No more bring the boys pies, dancing in cut offs and just going along for the ride.
Overall, the duo has peaked my interest because of their packaging. Two blonde, 18 year old country songstress from Texas and Oklahoma, who so happen to share the same record label as Taylor Swift. Their music sweet, young and undeniably country. I think what is good is women within their genre of music addressing ideas of subversion and objectification.
It feels that certain genres of music always come to mind when they talk about the objectification of women, but I feel popular music in general is melodically misogynistic and the biggest hits are a reflection of the rape culture.
All together, thus far, kudos Maddie and Tae for being a voice for your peer group and unassumingly feminist. I will totally be watching this evolve and following the hype.
Friday the 13th, Beyonce releases a surprise album.
14 songs, and 17 videos.
And more importantly, a response to the criticism she has been receiving for labeling herself a Feminist. Seeing countless ass kickin' women in the public eye completely avoid Feminism is evidence of the negativity associated with the label. Personally, Beyonce's exploration of the term has been incredibly enriching. It is both comforting as well as unnerving to know that young women today are still trying to figure out what Feminism means to them. Society is not stagnant, and labels will evolve with society.
This visual album is confirmation of the fractures within Feminism, specifically academic Feminism versus home grown.