No matter how iconic she became, Joplin was always judged as a woman: audiences embraced her talent but never forgave her for using it. Jagger and Lennon were met backstage by adoring fans willing to do anything for their company, but while Joplin had her fun, Echols describes a scene that typifies her frequent desolation: after acing her New York debut, at the Anderson Theater, Joplin found herself alone as her bandmates in Big Brother and the Holding Company went off to party. She wandered to a dive bar, where a journalist approached her; as she complained to him about the guys in the group, he “fantasized shutting her up with the ultimate put-down: ‘You forget you have acne.’”
If someone called me pretty, I’d sneer and smear more glitter on my face. I didn’t want to be just pretty — I was wild, crazy and free. I talked about sex, about drinking. When men do that, it’s rock and roll, but when I did it, people assumed I was a train wreck. I played confident but still felt like an outcast.
Kesha is problematic in many ways but the above quote rings true.
School’s out, soul’s in. Summer’s a time to get a bit nostalgic, and maybe a bit weird.
Browse more than 200 Bitch-made feminist mixtapes here.
Bam Bam - Sister Nancy
Under These Hands - Dum Dum Girls
If You Wanna Be My Man - Lady
How Do I Let a Good Man Down - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
HI-FIVE - Angel Olsen
Tunnel of Love - Wanda Jackson
Lemonade - CocoRosie
Forever - HAIM
Have Mercy - Loretta Lynn
The Only Place - Best Coast
Troublemaker - Shannon and the Clams
Might - Magenta Placenta
Bridge to Hawaii - Tacocat
Backlash Blues - Nina Simone
No Room for Doubt - Lianne La Havas
Mambo Sun - T. Rex
Even N’Sync songs can’t approach the nostalgia elicited by a TLC classic like “No Scrubs” or “Creep.” TLC is one of the few ’90s pop groups that still feel relevant. Their sophomore album CrazySexyCool celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year, but it’s never fallen out of style.
I saw the Swedish film We Are The Best last week, and it is so great.
Finally a movie about teenage girls that doesn’t sensationalize ANYTHING: it’s a movie about girls being friends. And the punk stuff is very understated, too. One of my biggest pet peeves is when films try to over-sell the punk aspect: everyone has a punk t-shirt on in every scene, all the bedrooms have punk posters all the over the place, everyone is trying to look punk and nobody actually does because it’s trying too hard. There is a great scene in this film, where the girls meet up with these boys who are also in a punk band, and they are totally decked out in punk gear (plaid pants, leather jackets, studs and spikes), and one of them tells the girls that they don’t look very punk, to which Klara replies “It’s your opinions that count”. Afterwards Bobo says the boys looked like mall punks.
There is a lot of discussion these days about strong female characters in films: there was a great article about the "Trinity Syndrome", in which strong women suddenly need saving in the climax of a film, so despite the fact that they are portrayed as being tough as shit, when push comes to shove, they still serve to elevate the male characters. We Are the Best doesn’t even have many male characters because it doesn’t NEED them. Too bad a movie like this would never have been made the same way in the U.S.