As a sixteen-year-old and lover of country music, I often struggle with the demeaning lyrics about women in mainstream country music perpetuates. However, there have always been a few artists who break that mold and manage to produce great country music with a positive, empowering theme. Country music and feminism are not mutually exclusive.
Here's a playlist of current artists (and a few old favorites) who achieve just that.
In the DC Comics universe, Barbara Gordon was Batgirl until the Joker injured her—then she took on the role of computer hacker Oracle (above). But in later issues, writers reset the whole storyline, reverting Barbara to a young crime-fighter who doesn't use a wheelchair.
A recent Mslexia survey found that though 30 percent of women writers had read books recently in which a character with a "mental illness or learning difficulty featured prominently," characters with a physical disability "rarely" appeared in either their reading matter or their writing.
South Korean doo-wop group The Barbarettes. Photo via the band's Facebook.
The SXSW music festival has taken over Austin, Texas! I’m here to sort through the more than 2,000 bands that will play around town before Sunday and pick out new feminist music to bring us into spring. Here’s my list of favorite female-fronted bands from the festival.