It has come to my attention (through a series of complaints) that I have not made one of my awesome lip-syncing music videos in quite some time. I actually had planned on recording one today, but my allergies started acting up (or I'm fighting a cold) and finding it to be quite a challenge to focus, let alone breathe. You might be thinking, “Well, Christine, you technically don't sing these songs, so what’s the big deal. It's okay if your face looks like a punching bag or that you're inhaling nasal spray.” And you’re right, I’m definitely making an excuse for myself because in all honesty, I've been struggling to find the best song to express all my thoughts for this feminist themed week I've created.
I've been researching for weeks (okay, a week) to find just the right song, and this is what I've discovered: There are so many kick ass songs out there that have to do with female empowerment and sticking it to the man (literally), that I became overwhelmed. Then, while going through my iTunes, I discovered it's also difficult to find a song that's pro women and not anti men (because sometimes I'm not necessarily mad at guys, I just want a song that pumps me up and reminds me how friggin fantastic it is to be a woman). I became transfixed with this idea in my mind. I had to find a song that promotes female empowerment, but doesn't have to do with all that guy baggage.
As a result of my thorough research regarding this, I discovered that most websites list the following as "feminist anthems":
Unsure of whether I found the right song(s) to use, I texted my two best friends who live in California and asked them "What's a good girl power song not about a guy?" Sabrina responded with "I'm dancing to one right now!!! Beyonce's 'Grown Woman'. When I got home, I listened to it and instantly fell in love:
Tiffany responded with "I Kissed A Girl," "Queen of the Night," and this classic number:
Yes, Chaka Khan did the original "I'm Every Woman," but I just love me some Whitney.
After they texted me these song titles, I was filled with this sense of nostalgia. I was reminded of all the times we used to drive around in my Jeep, windows down, blasting Katy Perry as we headed to the beach. I thought of the late nights we would stay up drinking wine, listening to Alanis Morisette or Kate Nash. I remembered the music videos we would create, singing along to Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and the Spice Girls. Those music videos resembled the ones we used to create back in middle school, minus the amazing dance moves we had when we were thirteen. I think most of my female readers know what I'm talking about when I mention that. Those were some good times.
Our playlists were, and still are, full of strength, courage, and wisdom (and yes that's a title of an Indie Arie song), and those are the qualities I want to bring to light. So, I know (I know!) you were really hoping I would end this blog with a video of some sort, but you must stay patient and wait for the awesomeness that will ensue.
NOTE: If you had any song that came to mind while reading this, I would love to know! Send me a comment, email, or text. Maybe I'll even "sing" it for you!