Can't stop the grrrls : confronting sexist labels in pop music from Ariana Grande to Yoko Ono

by Hirsch, Lily E., 1979-

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"This is a convincing call to action." Publishers Weekly From stars like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey to classic icons like Yoko Ono, female musicians have long been the target of double standards and toxic labels in pop culture. Lily Hirsch confronts the full range of sexist labeling and inspires us to think about these remarkable women on their own terms.

Foreword / Meshell Ndegeocello
They're gonna crucify her
"Yoko oh no"
"Yoko love"
Driving Britney Spears crazy
FKA twigs and the Twi-trolls
Taylor Swift as a modern Medusa
Kesha Sebert versus Dr. Luke
It's Mariah Carey, dahhhling!
Ariana Grande and the "dangerous woman"
Taking back bitch
Epilogue: Racist, sexist words
Afterword / Amy Ray.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Women in music are routinely dismissed, harassed, and insulted using gendered tropes and stereotypes. Yoko Ono broke up the band, Courtney Love drove Kurt Cobain to suicide, Britney Spears is crazy, Mariah Carey is too demanding--the list goes on and on. Music historian Hirsch (Weird Al: Seriously, 2020) examines the sexist language that fans, critics, and artists use not just to devalue the work of female musicians but to delegitimize their very existence in music spaces. Encompassing decades of music journalism, Hirsch's analysis is pointed and damning. The misogyny directed at female musicians is routine and reflexive, becoming even more vicious when the artist in question is a woman of color. At times, the book's tight focus on gender works to its detriment, missing out important questions of how sexuality, fatness, and disability inflect the specific criticisms leveled against women in music. Despite such oversights, Can't Stop the Grrrls is an important intervention in music criticism, a methodical yet impassioned chronicle of how language is weaponized against women artists--and how we can do better."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this impassioned study, musicologist Hirsch (Weird Al: Seriously) calls out the music industry's long history of sexism, racism, and toxic double standards. The author laments the media's mistreatment of female artists, as when journalists Dan Carlinsky and Edwin Goodgold wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 1972 that Yoko Ono used her "hypnotic power apparently acquired in the Orient" to break up the Beatles, and, more recently, Janet Jackson was the subject of misogynistic coverage after her wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Britney Spears, Hirsch writes, was called "crazy," an appraisal that was later used in a 2008 court case that would lead to her conservatorship, which ended in November 2021. But the book ends on a hopeful note: Hirsch proposes that a "real revolution" can occur with the amplification of women's collective testimonies, because "there is strength in numbers--the stories of so many women--when they repeat in basic contour and language." Hirsch's arguments are revelatory, and she approaches her subjects with respect: "What is the right way to confront and challenge abuse when it involves someone else's trauma?" This is a convincing call to action. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sexism in music.
Women musicians.
Women in popular culture.
Women musicians -- Public opinion.
Publisher Lanham :Rowman & Littlefield,2023
Other Titles Can't stop the grrrls
Can't stop the girls
Confronting sexist labels in pop music from Ariana Grande to Yoko Ono
Contributors NdegeĢOcello, Me'Shell, 1969- writer of foreword.
Ray, Amy, writer of afterword.
Language English
Description xxiv, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-202) and index.
ISBN 9781538169063
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