Have you ever heard a song once and was never able to get the tune out of your head no matter how hard you tried? I know that has happened to me on several occasions. Whether we enjoy the songs or not, there is something about music within popular culture that drives the American public wild. Sadly, for quite sometime the music industry was largely closed off to women. Of course there were obvious exceptions to this, since talented female artists have existed through the ages, but on the whole there were not many female artists that got a lot of airplay and certainly none were considered significantly influential in the music industry.
Recently the United States has begun to experience a women’s musical renaissance. Women’s roles in pop …show more content…
Not surprisingly, Madonna has set many of the standards for music videos, and has had over 10 number one singles (Madonna fan club n. pag.). At the time Madonna first arrived on the scene there hadn’t been a strong female icon in music since Billie Holiday. Like Holiday, Madonna turned heads with her sexy attitude and approach to life, love, and sex. Think what you might about her musical talent, she pushed the power of female sexuality to the forefront of the public eye, taking it so far as to present her sexual manifesto in a self-published soft core pornography book, entitled "Sex".
Anyone who has done the math can figure out that Madonna's days as an active sexual icon are becoming numbered; add to that her relatively new role as responsible mother, and you now see a new, cleaned up version of Madonna emerging to take her through the next decade.
The current generation just seems so weak compared to the gains made up until Madonna. don't constitute great jumps in feminine power, they are wonderful examples of the natural freedom that Madonna inspired in the generation that watched her on MTV between cartoons.
Although Brittany Spears and Madonna made very different career choices, aspects of their lives and influence are very similar. Both artists moved to New York at a very young age and performed at small clubs and bars. Another thing
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Country music is a staple of American culture, however it does not properly represent over half of its audience. Female musicians in the country music genre are heavily outweighed by their male counterparts in terms of radio airplay and sales. Why do the successful country music artists not reflect the demographic of the audience? Has representation of each gender in country music always been as skewed as it is today? Female artists in country music should receive the same opportunities or treatment from the industry that male artists do.
Madonna: Finally, a Real Feminist ran in the New York Times in 1990 from mostly unknown author Camille Paglia. It was incredibly affronting for the audience of that time. Camille Paglia has the nerve to say that the sexy, scandalous pop star is the future of feminism! Just about every established (or establishment, as Camille would say) feminist had something to say about this, and most were virulent. In brief, from the very beginning, Paglia has defined herself as a contentious outsider. She is an unabashed pugilist.
In her article “The Venus Hip Hop and the Pink Ghetto: Negotiating Spaces for Women,” Imani Perry argues that the objectification of women in the music industry is normalized in our society. Her purpose is to persuade us that most feminists who fight against the objectification and exploitation of women are ultimately colonized by the sexual fantasies of men. As a law professor at Rutgers Law School, Perry structures her text in a very effective manner. Using a general-to-specific organization scheme, she begins by outlining the recurring image of sexualized women in music videos, then presenting various cases of prominent feminist figures in the music industry.
The first strictly female-based shows were released in the 1950’s. These musicals attracted more female-based audience members and ticket sales rose exponentially. Musicals such as The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady showed
Women’s music came from radical, grassroots origins in the 1970s thanks to contributions by brave women, mostly lesbians (Mosbacher, 2002). These women used non-violent, peaceful force to forge their own way into the music industry. It was a peaceful yet political revolution of togetherness and liberation. It brought together women of different backgrounds who produced easy-listening, mellow harmonies played with lyrics filled with tumultuous
There are so many talented female artists in music today that it's hard not to think of some right off the top of my head. Not only do they have great voices, but they're successful and confident, not to mention pretty darn rich! Some of these artists knew that they were going to become a star while they were still in diapers. The two females that I will be highlighting are two of the younger musical talents that are out in the industry at this time. They both worked hard to get to where they are today by starting off with many of the same dreams and aspirations many of us women share. These women have contributed so much at such a young age that it's almost hard to believe. Music is such a
This song displays the traditional messages sent by male artists. What about female artists? What do their songs portray? Andsager and Roe’s findings give a good description. According to them, there are two kinds of female artists. The strong, more established female artists portray women as “fully equal.” These women are in their thirties at least, they are more established, and they dress in casual suits. They sang romance, female emancipation, and heartbreak like the rest, but they did not compromise their image in their videos. They use Trisha Yearwood as an example in her song Everybody Knows. The other type, were women who “fell into the lowest level on the consciousness scale.” They used Deana Carter’s song We Danced Anyway as an example. In this song she rolled on the beach in a wet t-shirt. Another one is Faith Hill’s song Breathe. In this song, Hill is seen rolling around in her bed sheets with no clothes on.
Blonde Ambition: How the Similar Careers of Madonna and Britney Spears Created Two Different Pop Icons
Ever since 2011, ‘The Supremes’ has been the vocal group that most interests me. Originally called the ‘Primettes’, this female singing group was founded in 1959 and has since been one the most successful groups to date, in America. (Bronson, 265) The singing group had four original members, yet only three of the four made it to the peak of the group’s career; those women being Diane Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard. Proof to this group’s success would be the fact that they rivaled the band ‘The Beatles’ in worldwide success and fame during their prime in the 60s. Not only did they challenge another wildly known band, they did this whilst also making a headway for future generations of African American musicians, which contributes to
The GQ website is headed by six distinct pages: Style, Grooming, Entertainment, News, Video, and Women — the later of which has the description: “Interviews and pictures of hot women, including models…” As with many other men’s magazines, women are represented at best as objects of desire, and at worst as attractive people who are self-involved, suggestive, and unintellectual. For centuries, in art, literature, and now media, women have typically been represented one of two ways: as a mother (originally as the Madonna) or as a sex symbol (originally as the Magdalene). The symbol of women as the Magdalene has persisted to both the images and content of GQ’s interviews with models and other influential young women, which are featured on their website, and, presumably, in their magazines.
For this playlist I chose to focus on an overall theme of Feminism and the impact that women in popular music have through music. A feminist supports the ideals for equal rights for women. They share a common goal to achieve equal political, economic, personal, social and cultural rights. The women music genre emerged during the second-wave feminist movement. Women artists have taken to the music industry to express the idea of women rights through a feminist movement. This playlist includes eight songs from today’s popular music, each artist’s expresses feminism in their own way. Touching on topics from a personal aspect to the overall ideals of women’s rights.
One experience I had with the Madonna/whore complex was while I was working in the restaurant business. When I made myself look more sexually appealing with the help of makeup and a heavily padded bra, I would usually get better tips from customers. Along with
Successful strategies are based on several common elements, such as: 1)Simple, consistent long-term goals 2)Profound understanding of the competitive environment, 3)Objective appraisal of resources, and 4)Effective implementation (Grant, 2010). As our case study shows, Madonna has had a firm grasp on these elements. Her long-term goal to be the greatest female performer is very simplistic and long term. Her understanding of the competitive environment is exceptional, throughout the years she understood exactly the direction that music was taking. In the 1980's she understood that dance clubs and DJ's were the future and if she wanted to break into the industry she needed to start there. In the late 1980's and into the 1990's she utilized sex and seduction to keep in public's eye. By the late 2000's she understood that music was going away from the recorded format and the money to made was in live performances. Madonna has understood throughout the years that as the industry was constantly changing that she would need to as well to stay relevant. She has been successful at promoting her strengths, while shadowing her weaknesses. Madonna has developed her image throughout the years to