These days, we’re not running short on girl power anthems. Our favorite pop starts from Katy Perry to Beyoncé are proclaiming the power of women, and bringing feminism to pop music in exciting new ways. However, it’s not all girl love in the world of pop. Competitiveness, arguments over men, jealousy and slut shaming are still sneaking their way into music… and the music of women. For a generation of females who claim to be liberated, there’s still a lot of girl-on-girl resentment going on, and we’ve put together a list of 20 songs, sung by women, that express blatantly anti-feminist sentiment.
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If his music is to be taken as truth, Usher spends an awful amount of time in The Club. And we don’t mean “da club” the way it’s so casually referenced by other R&B artists, but The Club, which seems like the ultimate in nightlife experience. With a career spanning 20 years and 7 albums, Usher Raymond IV is a veteran and expert club goer. And there’re not all that much Usher hasn’t got up to in the familiar club, making the venue a true home away from home for himself.
There’s only one kind of fighting we truly encourage, and that’s dance fighting! We love a good old fashioned dance-off to settle a score, and music videos feature some true dance-battle gold. So put your fists away — all you really need to sort out an argument is a great body roll!
Our favorite pop babes are chameleonic. Taking on a variety of personas and changing up their look from video to video, we’re always surprised by the fantastical scenarios they manage to concoct. But sometimes pop music takes it back, and musicians find their aesthetic inspiration in the past. From Marie Antoinette inspired decadence to flapper chic to 50s perkiness, these pop stars are taking a trip down memory lane for some pretty cute costuming.
Motorcycles, like cars, have quite the phallic connotation. That’s why they make for a strong visual statement when used in music video. From futuristic Batman-style machines to classic shapes, the motorcycle is ubiquitous in pop music video. And what better way to adorn a motorbike than with a pop babe sprawled across it?
Music’s baddest babes are known for their risque, controversy causing outfits. From Rihanna‘s clothes that are so threadbare they’re barely clothes to Miley Cyrus‘ high cut leotards that threaten to betray the cooch, pop’s hottest young women are often less covered than not.
Spreading your legs mid-dance can pull even the most flexible hamstring, so there are times watching performances when a sexy spread eagle makes us cringe. From splits to booty drops, we sometimes feel like those spread eagles are more uncomfortable than they are hot. Not that we’re complaining — we really do appreciate the elasticity of our favorite performers and the lengths they’ll go to in order to give us a full crotch view.
The car has forever been regarded something of a penis extension, a way for men to show size and machismo. So it becomes a pretty potent symbol when a woman grinds all up on a car like it’s a… well, you know. Pop music has truly embraced the car, with whole songs devoted to revving engines.
Pop music is full of influences, but when musicians start appropriating the aesthetic of other cultures for their performances, the line between art and racism can get pretty blurry. And with the Internet all a-Twitter with critics just WAITING for pop stars to slip up, more than a few have managed to offend by taking elements of cultures other than their own for some controversial performances. From black culture to Japan and the Middle East, no culture is safe from the sticky fingers of white performers.
Choreographed dance in pop music has always been sexy. It’s not every day that in boundary pushing sex appeal music devolves into full on orgy. But it does happen that every so often amidst the throwing of elbows and the dipping of hips that a dance routine will turn into a full blow, sweaty, simulated orgy. The kind of thing you probably don’t want to watch in the same room as your parents.