Feminism makes friends with social media and music

18 Sep , 2014  

A feminism surge is starting a social change and for the better. In recent months the social push has been coming from all over and continues to influence popular culture. Social media especially has been a medium for those seeking equality for women. Through Twitter you could find an overload of voices on how it is to be a female. Throughout the year popular hashtags that voiced the experiences of women became trending topics. #Youoksis brought support from all over as twitter users shared their stories. #YesAllWomen gained more buzzed as a trending topic that gave men an outlook that all women do in fact suffer from double standards and daily disrespect. Another trending topic, #MyNameIsNot focused on the abuse of cat calling and how real street harassment is. Other trending topics dove into issues such as rape culture and domestic abuse, focusing on the debate of victim-shaming.

The uproar of female equality on social media has now brought out more feminists, who are now pushing thru into music. Ever so popular, the tunes of your favorite mainstream artists are in favor of expressing how it is to be female in today’s society. Today’s artists are crooning about more than just the heartaches and breaks of dealing with men. Now the divas of the male dominated industry are promoting female empowerment, while still maintaining the sexy.

We see mainstream female artists now declaring their sexual power and announcing that females are also sexual beings. Through their music they reinforce the notion that women shouldn’t be subjected to slut-shaming for claiming their sexual freedom. Beyonce backed the feminist surge with her recent album that displayed some good sexual rage and extreme girl power. She even quoted feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who explained the slanted expectations of being a female. More recently Mrs. Carter made a bigger statement by flashing the word feminist across the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Even other artists such as Katy Perry show support of women equality by breaking double standards. Katy Perry as well artists Pink, Queen Latifah, Becky G and Janelle Monae are featured in CoverGirl commercials prompting the hashtag #GirlsCan. CoverGirl Janelle Monae has even vocally stated the opposition of double standards and makes her music relatable towards women.

There’s plenty more evidence of feminism taking a stance through music, even more so dating years back. But with the help of retweets the message of equality is easier to get out. The power of music has reached an all time high as we see how influential artists are, especially on today’s youth. Subtle messages and details can make huge differences when working towards a social change. Backed by social media and music, the fight for women equality will continue to get the recognition it deserves.


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Victoria Briggs [/author_info] [/author]


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