2013 has been a year of controversies in pop music, with headlines dominated by good girl gone bad, Miley Cyrus. As well as the twerking and foam finger rubbing, we’ve seen her lick hammers for Terry Richardson (a man accused of sexually assaulting his models) and grinding up on Robin Thicke (whose ‘Blurred Lines’ lyrics suggest misogyny and rape). It’s down right depressing if you ask us.
But 2013 wasn’t all bad. Some of our favourite girls have hit back against foam finger gate – creating their own headlines with a positive message for women in music. We round up the best girl power moments this year:
1. GRIMES’ GETS ANGRY ON TUMBLR
Grimes took to her Tumblr account on April 23 to post an open letter speaking out against the music industry’s mistreatment of women. The blog outlined her frustrations at being viewed as a sex object by management and fans alike, and her hatred of being constantly referred to as ‘cute’ or a ‘waif’.
2. MELINDA HUGHES CALLS ROBIN THICKE A DOUCHEBAG
Out of the many brilliant ‘Blurred Lines’ parodies, we particularly loved ‘#Douche’ by stand-up comedienne Melinda Hughes. The video switches the genders of Thicke’s original, with Melinda telling the naked man dancing around her that she’s bored of his sexual advances.
3. SINEAD O’CONNOR WRITES TO MILEY CYRUS
After Miley claimed her ‘Wrecking Ball’ video was inspired by ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, Sinead O’Connor felt compelled to warn her about being ‘pimped’ by the pop industry, writing, “it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment for you to send across the message that you are to be valued more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent”. Read the full letter here.
4. CHARLOTTE CHURCH TELLS ALL
Charlotte aired her views about sexism in the music industry during BBC 6 Music’s annual John Peel Lecture. We heard about the pressures she faced as a teenager to wear revealing outfits in videos by male executives. She said the music world is “a male dominated industry with a juvenile perspective on gender and sexuality” which increasingly wants “sex objects that appear child-like”.
5. LILY ALLEN REAPPROPRIATES ‘BITCH’
Lily’s ‘Hard Out Here’ video hit YouTube last week, racking up over 2 million views over night. A satire on the objectification of women, the video looks at the way female singers are expected to be stick thin and scantily clad, as well as poking fun at Robin Thicke’s and his helium balloons… Despite receiving a huge amount of criticism, we support Lily for the empowering message this video is intended to give out, and we wish more women would do the same!
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