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These Girls Have a lot to Sing About “Bro-country”

“We used to get a little respect / Now we’re lucky if we even get / To climb up in your truck, keep our mouth shut and ride along / And be the girl in a country song.”

I’ve been a fan of country music for so long and I’m ecstatic that Maddie & Tae just burst on to the scene with a (girl)powerful message, a bit of fun and talent!

Their new song and video, “Girl in a Country Song,” was just released late July and showcases the ridiculousness of many country music video girls in male artists videos and lyrics, from the vixens to the “tan-legged Juliets’,” all while showcasing a major gender switch up.
See what I mean by watching the video.

However, as Huffington Post shared,  the label execs over at Dot Records, who presented the platform for these two country music rookies to be “anti-sugar shakers,” are the same execs who rolled out the red carpet for country “bros” by the likes of Florida Georgia Line and their “brand new Chevy with a lift kit/would look a hell of a lot better with you up in it” as long as your wearing your “bikini top” accompanied by “long tanned legs.”

But what these execs do know is 1) sex sells, which hasn’t really changed until 2) the revival of the girl power movement that has been making waves (and money) throughout mediums recently. This way Dot Records has invested in both means for the most profitability.

What are your thoughts on this parody? Is it funny? Showcase sexism in a different way?

Seduction is Exclusive

So as you know, I’m a fan of Beyonce and last night I was lucky enough to attend her Mrs. Carter show at the Verizon Center here in D.C. and first, let me start by saying WHAT a SHOW. Holy moly. She played all her hits and a new song on her new and ever-popular visual album and she did it all with energy and eternal gratitude for the fans that came out in droves for the show on a WEDNESDAY. She’s a performer, a feminist and a damn powerful singer.

Picture I took at the Mrs. Carter Show. Please note this ever fab purple jumpsuit Beyonce is sporting.

Picture I took at the Mrs. Carter Show. Please note this ever fab purple jumpsuit Beyonce is sporting.

In between sets she took the time to change her wardrobe from one leotard to another then to the purple jumpsuit clad in sequins, an outfit that even Elton John would be envy. While her quick changes were happening behind the scenes she put together video introductions of the next song/set coming up.

My favorite quote of the evening (p.s. Ms. Bey a poet) introduced “Naughty Girl.”

Here it goes:
“Seduction is much more than beauty. It is generous. It is intelligent. It’s mysterious. It’s exclusive.”-Beyonce

This is right on and I think it embodies Beyonce’s multiple performance personalities. She’s the fierce female, the confident hustler, Houston dirty with a touch of southern hospitality and ballad belle.

Something we have as women is seduction (no hair fan required, also can I have one of those following me around everywhere… please?) and the ability to feel and be sexy, but that sexy comes in many different forms and Beyonce captures it perfectly in her poetic nuances.

As females we are givers and caring individuals just by nature, because science. So when we are in seduction mode and being all “heeeeyyyyyyy how you doin’?” we are giving the men (or women!) our attention not because we think we can sack ‘em per se, but because we chose them for x, y, z reason. We shouldn’t be giving away our hearts or our bodies for free. We are sacred.

We must first learn to love and respect ourselves if we expect love and respect in return from others.

and if others don’t love and respect you, they don’t deserve you proceed to tell them to get gone… to the left, to the left!