Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A feminist playlist, continued

Yesterday, Feministing asked their readers about their favourite feminist songs. The list was very long, and was partially responsible for the iTunes shopping spree that I went on last night. As you'd expect, Ani DiFranco, Queen Latifah and India.Arie were popular favourites, but a lot of people also mentioned Emilie Autumn, and in particular, her song "Thank God I'm Pretty."

The audio isn't really my cup of tea, but the lyrics are awesome:
Thank God I'm pretty
The occasional free drink I never asked for

The occasional admission to a seedy little bar
Invitation to a stranger's car
I'm blessed
With the ability to rend a grown man tongue-tied

Which only means that when it's dark outside

I have to run and hide can't look behind me

Thank God I'm pretty


Thank God I'm pretty
Every skill I ever have will be in question

Every ill that I must suffer merely brought on by myself
Though the cops would come for someone else

I'm blessed

I'm truly privileged to look this good without clothes on

Which only means that when I sing you're jerking off

And when I'm gone you won't remember

Thank God I'm pretty


Oh, oh and when a gaggle of faces appears around me

It's lucky I hate to be taken seriously

I think my ego would fall right through the cracks in the floor

If I couldn't count on men to slap my ass anymore

Wow. Seriously powerful stuff. What are your feminist songs?

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