BitchTapes: A Teen's Guide to Current Country

As a sixteen-year-old and lover of country music, I often struggle with the demeaning lyrics about women in mainstream country music perpetuates. However, there have always been a few artists who break that mold and manage to... Read more »

An Ode to Dolly Parton

Decades from now, we might reflect on these sweltering few months as the Summer of Dolly—a time when everyone’s favorite rhinestone-studded, sky-high heel wearing, bleach blonde beehive-sporting songbird showed that she can still cause a ruckus even at 68 years old. Read more »

New Music Overload! Here Are 20 New Feminist-Friendly Songs for May.

Musician Esme Patterson and a key collaborator.  After a whirlwind of music discoveries at South by Southwest music fest last month, I’m happy dish up this... Read more »

Hurray for the Riff Raff's New Album Swells With Feminist Country Tunes

  Hurray for the Riff Raff performing (in a van) for a live show at SXSW last year.  Alynda Lee Segarra plays for an audience of misfits. “My songs are about people who feel down and out and feel like... Read more »

Brandy Clark's Feminist Country

“Pray to Jesus” is a good song to kick off Brandy Clark’s debut solo album12 Stories. Like the tracks that follow, it’s from distinctly female point of view with touches of levity underlying real... Read more »

BitchTapes: All "Jolene." All the time.

Happy birthday, Dolly!  Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Here’s all the feminist news and views on our radar today… • On Wednesday, Republican senator Lisa Murkowski became the third GOP Senate member to endorse gay marriage. Since then, the... Read more »

BitchTapes: Feminist Country Music Playlist

Country music can be a hard place for women. Lyrics have women being drowned in rivers, abandoned as whores, or obsessed over as angels-in-the-flesh. From the beginning of the Nashville scene, husbands, managers, and music labels kept a tight grip on female performers' money and artistic... Read more »

Kacey Musgraves: The Country Star Who Calls Out Gender Norms

Kacey Musgraves is looking to change a mammoth, 44.6... Read more »

Gone Country: Five Things to Love (and Five Things to Shove) About Nashville

Last night, nine million of us set aside our differences, turned on our TVs, and watched Connie Britton and Hayden Panetierre go country. That’s right y’all, it was the premiere of ABC’s Nashville, a Music City version of All About Eve with enough rhinestones,... Read more »