Despite a year of lows for women in the media, there were several ladies smashing the patriarchy in the music business this year. Here are some of our favorites!

Batches and Cookies – Lizzo feat. Sophia Eris

This video has it all. Badass ladies riding motorcycles? Check. Queer pride? Check. Baked goods? Check. Check. Check. Lizzo and Sophia Eris are incredibly talented lyricists whose clever bars will have you hooked after one listen. The video features the two at a queer pride parade, literally buttering up a shirtless man, and being driven around town on motorcycles. Lizzo’s October New York City show was featured on our Hot Dates events calendar, so believe us when we tell you she’s worth a listen.

Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu

When the legendary Erykah Badu and former BUST cover lady Janelle Monáe get together for a project you know it’s going to be good. On Q.U.E.E.N., Monáe challenges the misogyny in today’s culture, asserting that your worth as a woman is determined by your clothing choice or expression of your sexuality. The video takes on a retro vibe implementing typewriters and black and white ensembles. Monáe ends the video with a call for women to rise up against mainstream and embrace their individuality.

Gangsta – Kat Dahlia

“Gangsta”, the Miami native’s breakout video, takes you through Kat Dahlia’s neighborhood as she recounts her struggle for success. She opens up about gambling addiction, unemployment, incarceration, and infidelity.  She asserts her independence and renounces those who glorify street life. Between her husky voice and gritty lyrics, the singer/songwriter is in a category of her own.

28 Days – U.S. Girls

It’s a song that celebrates periods! Loosely inspired by The Exciters’ video for “He’s Got The Power”, the “28 Days” features an all female cast of tough girls performing 60s style synchronized dance moves as Meg Remy (who performs under the name U.S. Girls) sings an ode to the menstrual cycle. Remy told Rookie she penned the song in an effort to remove the stigma associated with the natural occurrence. “I think tampons, pads, et cetera, should be free,” she declared, “The government should supply them.” We’re with you, Meg!

 

***Flawless  Beyoncé feat Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Queen Bey shocked us all and quietly released a new visual album last night (though I'm sure you haven't heard anything about that yet!). “Flawless” has been out for less than 24 hours and it’s already one of the best feminist songs and videos of the year. The video and song are only available with a “Beyoncé” album purchase, and if you haven’t bought the album yet….what are you waiting for? An extended version of her previously released “Bow Down,” “Flawless” features a verse by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that explains the problems with society’s gender norms. “We teach girls to shrink themselves,” she recites, “to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much.” At the end of her verse Adichie defines a feminist as a “person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” We discussed this song in greater detail earlier today. The video features Beyoncé and several other fierce ladies holding their own in a group of rowdy men. The men then step aside and watch as the women dance and proclaim that they are flawless. Get it, diva!


What were some of your favorite feminist vids this year? Let us know in the comments! 


Thanks to Feministing, Dummy Mag, Buzzfeed, and Rookie

 

It’s a song that celebrates periods! Loosely inspired by The Exciters’ video for “He’s Got The Power”, the “28 Days” features an all female cast of tough girls performing 60s style synchronized dance moves as Meg Remy (who performs under the name U.S. Girls) sings an ode to the menstrual cycle. Remy told Rookie she penned the song in an effort to remove the stigma associated with the natural occurrence. “I think tampons, pads, et cetera, should be free,” she declared, “The government should supply them.” We’re with you, Meg!

 

***Flawless  Beyoncé feat Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Queen Bey shocked us all and quietly released a new visual album last night (though I'm sure you haven't heard anything about that yet!). “Flawless” has been out for less than 24 hours and it’s already one of the best feminist songs and videos of the year. The video and song are only available with a “Beyoncé” album purchase, and if you haven’t bought the album yet….what are you waiting for? An extended version of her previously released “Bow Down,” “Flawless” features a verse by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that explains the problems with society’s gender norms. “We teach girls to shrink themselves,” she recites, “to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much.” At the end of her verse Adichie defines a feminist as a “person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” We discussed this song in greater detail earlier today. The video features Beyoncé and several other fierce ladies holding their own in a group of rowdy men. The men then step aside and watch as the women dance and proclaim that they are flawless. Get it, diva!


What were some of your favorite feminist vids this year? Let us know in the comments! 


Thanks to Feministing, Dummy Mag, Buzzfeed, and Rookie

 

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