The female image portrayed in the vast majority of pop music is somewhat concerning. A mere appendix to the man, woman is always dominated. But if there was one consistent theme over the years in music, it was feminism. Feminism is an inevitably controversial topic with mixed reviews. Defended or detracted, as a thinking pattern that has penetrated into diverse aspects of music industry, feminism has exerted a significant impact on artists and their music making. Advocating for gender equality, feminism continues to grow and is reflected in various aspects in pop music.
Female artists are now able to have a place in the pop music arena. The last year had seen Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” become a household name and the man vibe dominate the radio, female artists has gained the upper hand in the battle of 2014. Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and the girl-on-girl collaborations such as Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang and Ariana and Iggy’s “Problem” has ruled the pop music channels. I hear them being played on radio every day for the last couple of months and the girls on my floor humming the songs while doing makeup in the morning. A number of biggest hits that occupy the top charts are performed by female singers and it seems that feminism is having the moment in the world of pop culture.
Celebrity feminists are standing their ground and making efforts. Beyoncé is noted for her feminism, wielding her power to bring the problem of gender equality to public attention. Beyoncé amazed the world at MTV Video Music Awards. Standing in the dark in front of a glowing “feminist” sign, she looked so confident, noble, stunning, and breathtaking. “There it was, the most powerful, and certainly the most highly polished pop-culture message of my lifetime: that attention to gender inequity is alive, revived” Proudly claiming herself as a feminist, Beyoncé is inspiring and respectable.
Women empowerment has become the essence and central theme of some popular music. “Can’t hold us down” by Christina Aguilera is a feminism song that I sympathized with. The song questions the gender-related double standard . “It’s a common double standard of society/The guy gets all the glory the more he can score/While the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore/I don’t understand why it’s okay/The guy can get away with it & the girl gets named.” Recognized as a feminism anthem, the song encourages all the girls to stand up for themselves, showing no weakness to men who don not respect their worth. Girls need to fight for themselves and make themselves heard. Emphasizing the girl power and female status in gender display, the song appeals to society for gender equality.
Not everyone wants to be called as feminist. It is a fairly sensitive word but it does have its meaning. Fighting for the interests for all the female in the male-dominated society, feminists are the ones should be looked up to. Pop music need feminism and there is an enhanced awareness of feminism in the pop music culture, which is something that’s exciting and heartening to witness.