So, yesterday y'all may have seen my post about the chart climbing song "God Made Girls" by RaeLynn. If so, you know that it upset me. The song is all about how girls were placed on Earth to support and do things for men (example: inspire him to clean his truck and look cute for him). It really disappointed me - I know singers like RaeLynn and country music writers are capable of so much more.
Unfortunately, country music is in a phase right aptly described as "bro-country." Basically, it's a bunch of dudes singing about girls in "painted on jeans" who are "shaking their money makers" and "riding shotgun." Anytime I have a country station playing on the radio, I feel like I'm in a frat house. And, as a woman - particularly a woman who loves and grew up on country music - I feel objectified and offended. So when a young female artist like RaeLynn puts out a song that furthers the idea that women are just accessories in a man's world, it gets me a little worked up.
THANKFULLY, after reading my rant, my lovely mum sent me a link to another country song that's been gaining popularity. This particular tune, called "Girl In a Country Song" is performed by duo Maddie & Tae, two sassy ladies from OK and TX (shout out!!). And y'all - this is what country music needs. A swift kick in the butt from two girls who aren't afraid to point out what's wrong with country music right now.
The two harmonize about all the ridiculous stereotypes that are being played out over and over again by male artists regarding women.
"it's gettin' kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans, I hate the way this bikini top chafes...I hear you over there on your tailgate whistlin. Sayin', "Hey girl" But you know I ain't listening,' Cause I got a name, and to you it ain't "pretty little thing", "honey" or "baby."
HELL YES. You tell em girls!!
The song goes on to say, "How in the world did it go so wrong? Like all we're good for Is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend - nothing more."
HELL YES (again!).
The song is goofy and fun - the ladies keep their lyrics from getting too heated, but it absolutely gets the point across. And the video is amazing - prepare yourself for some entertaining role reversal.
Thank you Maddie & Tae, for restoring my faith in country music, and redefining what it means to be a girl in a country song.