Throughout recent history, society at large has stereotyped ladyfolk as demure and pure certainly not interested in The Sex (save for sluts, a shameful variety of the ladyfolk who *gasp* enjoy having sex, sometimes even before or outside of marriage). Well, the female musicians and bands that follow give tired sex-related gender roles a big ol’ slap in the face with unabashed lyrics and straight-up badassness.
“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – Etta James
Let’s start simple. Etta just wants to make love. To you. Okay, okay, it doesn’t seem like a super-revolutionary song nowadays. But it’s a step in the right direction–toward women asserting their sexual desire without shame. No?
“Let’s Talk About Sex” – Salt-n-Pepa
This trio of women makes a bit more of a blatant message, focusing on open communication and safe sex. And who doesn’t love an early ‘90’s hip-hop hit?
“Healthy Sex” – Lactatious
While we’re on the topic of safe sex promoted by all-female hip-hop groups, how about some Lactatious? Forming in our very own Portland, Oregon, these three know what’s what when it comes to protection. Aww yeah.
“Hot in Herre” (cover) – Jenny Owen Youngs
In what is perhaps my favorite cover of a hip-hop song to date, JOY encourages us all to take off all our clothes.
“Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above” – CSS
CSS isn’t comprised solely of women but front woman Lovefoxxx coauthored “Let’s Make Love…”
“La Familia” (remix) – Mirah
A bit less explicit slash slightly more euphemistic than some other songs on here, but how could I possibly leave out Mirah?
“I Touch Myself” – Divinyls
This 1991 hit may not have been the first pop song about masturbation, but it’s arguably the most obvious.
“Fuck the Pain Away” – Peaches
Last but certainly not least, I present you with the queen of gender-bending and sex-centric lyrics, Peaches.