Demanding Rights From The Beginning : Franklin And Caillat Fight For Respect
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Demanding Rights from the Beginning: Franklin and Caillat Fight for Respect
We hear all the time that we learn from our past, but is that true? Inequalities have been around for thousands of years; we are still surrounded by prejudice and differences every day. So do we truly learn from our past? Women’s rights and women’s equality issues have been around for a long time because of the need for respect, equality and voting rights. Two songs relating these issues include “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (1967) and "Try" by Colbie Caillat (2014). "Respect" was originally written by Otis Redding (1965), but the reason I chose the Aretha Franklin version (1967) was to use her voice and her style of music to set and relay the theme of women 's rights. "Try" is a Colbie Caillat (2014) original which is about being yourself no matter what society thinks of you. Most women obsess over their image because of how society has shaped us to think that we, as women, should wear makeup and conform to society. Society has lowered women’s confidence levels because “social norms” consist of women wearing makeup, curling or straightening our hair, or painting our nails. When we conform to the “social norms” we are lowering our confidence because we feel as if we cannot go out in public without “making ourselves up”. Both songs speak about the same issue of women’s rights; they also have the same tone of being respected, being worthy, and being confident.
Some people think that respect is a value