In the ’80s and ’90s, artists like Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, Die Cheerleader, 7 Year Bitch, Frightwig, the Lunachicks, L7, Skunk Anansie, Fire Party, PJ Harvey and the Insaints permanently obliterated any notion that females couldn’t rock like hell.
Females singing about their attraction to males and other females alienated some people, which is always a wonderful thing, but it revolutionized women’s presence in the music world and put uptight men on notice. I bet Marnie Stern plays guitar better than you, dude.
On this topic, someone who deserves her own paragraph is no doubt Madonna. She took more flak than any woman who ever hit a stage. She didn’t flinch. She stood down the world. She did it her way and continues to. She always wins and because of her, countless millions have been inspired.
When Madonna came out with that “boy toy” belt buckle, it seemed that she was submissively caving in to what was expected of a pretty girl. Wrong. It was, in fact, one of the most adroit reversals of power in modern culture. After that, her strength became immeasurable. Her crotch grab was more meaningful than anyone else’s. Check your watch — she just kicked your ass three times.
Thanks to these brave and innovative people and all the others who stood up for their truth and their libido, music remains a most excellent lust accelerant.
And not even 10 Tipper Gores (remember her?) can put the lube back in that tube.