This is a rather belated fill for insmallpackages, for the wish Music with explicitly feminist and/or queer lyrics. As usual I began with enthusiasm and the intention of finishing before the holidays, and then...well. I may have got a little carried away. Music and feminism are two of my favourite things, and I had a great deal of fun putting this together. I have a pretty flexible definition of feminism, but I hope, wisher, that there is something in here that you enjoy!
Content warnings: this is feminism, and there are lyrics that address some tough stuff, including sexism, racism, and body image. There is also a section of music that specifically addresses domestic violence and violence against women, which is under a spoiler cut for those who may be triggered.
And without further ado, we begin with the song that introduced me to feminism, many many years ago...
p!nk - respect mirror mirror on the wall damn i sure look fine i can't blame those horny boys i would make me mine when i pass you in a club oo lala you gasp back up boy i ain't your toy or your piece of ass
michelle wright - nobody's girl she's nobody's girl she walks this road alone she calls her soul her own she knows she's on her own in this world she's nobody's girl
amanda marshall - double agent what do you hear when you hear me? i hear you crank up jay-z it's your favourite jam and you talk with your hands like an mc betcha never get stopped by the police you never ask me about me about how i feel when you call all your white friends 'homeboy' and 'nigga' and 'homie' oh please it hurts me and you don't see
nelly furtado - powerless (say what you want) paint my face in your magazines make it look whiter than it seems paint me over with your dreams shove away my ethnicity burn every notion that i may have a flame inside to fight and say just what is on my mind without offending your might
susan aglukark - stand up stand up for the innocence that makes you who you are stand up for the dignity that's brought you here so far stand up for the higher dream that you can realize stand up and all the history will only help you rise
deborah cox - beautiful u r don't ever let nobody bring you down girl don't ever let nobody tear your world apart look in the mirror and see who you are beautiful you are
tlc - unpretty never insecure until i met you now i'm being stupid i used to be so cute to me just a little bit skinny why do i look to all these things to keep you happy? maybe get rid of you and then i'll get back to me
india.arie - video when i look in the mirror and the only one there is me every freckle on my face is where it's supposed to be and i know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me my feet my thighs my lips my eyes i'm loving what i see
cher - you haven't seen the last of me you don't know me you don't know who i am don't count me out so fast i've been brought down to my knees and i've been pushed way past the point of breaking but i can take it i'll be back back on my feet this is far from over you haven't see the last of me
tracy chapman - behind the wall the police always come late if they come at all and when they arrive they say they can't interfere with domestic affairs between a man and his wife
dixie chicks - goodbye earl she finally got the nerve to file for divorce she let the law take it from there but earl walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care
mary j blige - good woman down when i used to see my daddy beat my mother down down to her feet i used to say that ain't gon' never be me now look at you bruised up from him girl recognize you're better than him tellin' you that he'll never hit you again
carrie underwood - blown away her daddy was a mean old mister mama was an angel in the ground the weather man called for a twister she prayed blown it down there's not enough rain in oklahoma to was the sins out of that house there's not enough wind in oklahoma to rip the nails out of the past
amanda marshall - birmingham 3am and virgil's passed out on the sofa a fifth of jim beam on the floor she's packed her bags she slips the keys out of his pocket she's careful not to slam the door and as she drives she rubs her rosary she's never been so all alone she's never felt so free
martina mcbride - independence day she lit up the sky that fourth of july by the time that the firemen come they just put out the flames and took down some names and sent me to the county home now i ain't sayin it's right or it's wrong but maybe it's the only way talk about your revolution it's independence day
miranda lambert - gunpowder & lead he slapped my face and he shook me like a ragdoll don't that sound like a real man? i'm going to show him what little girls are made of gunpowder and lead