Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A List of Unapologetic Female Musicians Who Don't Need to Use Their T & A to Be Amazing

I was put this together while I was unloading the dishwasher today. I have always been so turned off by the women in the music world who sing all girly and lullaby-like, all while wearing next-to-nothing. It feels like their pockets were lined by executives who warned them: Go out there and degrade yourself or else! Dignity, anyone? Thank the universe that these women went out and did just the opposite.

Wendy O. Williams

Patti Smith

Kim Deal

Debbie Harry

Melissa Auf der Maur

D'arcy Elizabeth Wretzky

Joan Jett
Kathleen Hanna
Kristin Hersh
Aimee Mann
Erykah Badu
Donita Sparks
Bianca Holstead
Carrie Brownstein
Courtney Love
Sinead O'Conner
Tracy Bonham
Janis Joplin
Queen Latifah
Chrissie Hynde
Pat Benatar
Poison Ivy
Lydia Lunch
Marissa Paternoster

I could go on. Moms and Dads, please be sure that your little girls know about these women and understand that it's okay to be fierce.

* I should add that there is a difference between removing one's clothing as a means of exuding power and doing it to please men. Burlesque dancing, for example, is an expression of female sexuality in a way in which the female is in control. Wendy O. Williams and other women on this list did wear sexually provocative clothes, but in the end, it wasn't really about them acquiescing to some expected soft, feminine ideal. It was about their fearlessness of belting it out.

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Blogger I went out to the hazel wood, because a fire was in my head... said...

Tracy Chapman can be added to this list

February 13, 2011 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Nx Doyle said...

Pretty sure that pic you have labelled Kim Deal is actually her sister Kelley.

May 6, 2011 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Zoiks, I think you're right! They look so much alike.

May 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Emily Kane said...

Another example of a female artist who goes a little skimpy but certainly doesn't acquiesce to common standards - Amanda Palmer. My hero as of late. But great list otherwise.

August 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM  

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