BitchTapes: These Boots Were Made for Stompin'

I like the way I feel when I’m active. I like being myself and not feeling pressured to please anyone else. I like when I’m listening to a song that reflects what my body’s doing and what I’m thinking. In that spirit, I put together a list of ten tracks by badass women (and one dude) singing about taking charge. This list, which started out with “Right On” featuring Ms. Charm Taylor, celebrates empowerment, even if it means admitting someone else is the queen of the neighborhood. This list will shake you from snoozing to stomping.
Track List: 
“Y Control” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell, 2003
“Fists Up” by The Blow, Paper Television, 2006
“Right On Feat. Ms. Charm Taylor” by Galactic, Into the Deep, 2015
“That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing, 2008
“Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill, Pussy Whipped, 1998
“Pedestrian at Best” by Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best, 2015
“Talk To Me, Dance With Me” by Hot Hot Hot, Make Up the Breakdown, 2002
“Hey Na Na Feat David Shaw & Maggie Koerner” by Galactic, Carnivale Electricos, 2012
“I’m So Excited” by Le Tigre, This Island, 2004
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” by Velvet 99, 2006
by Stacey Balkun
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Stacey Balkun, author of Lost City Museum, (ELJ Publications 2016) is a poet and a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at

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