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90swomen G-Chat Taylor Swift

So, Ada, the other night was a FAIRYTALE (sorry–so feeling it right now!) when we got to see Taylor Swift in concert. And not just in concert! In concert on Long Island for the Fearless Tour.

We didn’t sit together, but it didn’t matter, because we spent the evening texting. Yours say things like: “I’m so happy for all these girls whose first concert it is” and “She should have cuter boys in her band.” (Srsly, Taylor. Work on that, please.)

Anyway, Taylor’s two-hour performance was amazing and even better was watching girls in sparkles and pink tutus screaming and singing along and waving their glowsticks. Pure joy. But let’s get to the analyzing.

Ada: feminism is alive and well. taylor swift is angry. girls today are awesome.

Kara: taylor swift is pissed! and you might not know it from just listening to her music on the radio. but the whole show was, as i think neal said, a revenge fantasy.

Ada: and he said it’s the best way to get revenge. by being smart and successful. and having friends. and making art.

Kara: she had that part where she is like “there are 2 kinds of love: fairy tale love and real love and real love doesn’t always turn out so well.” DARK.


Ada: totally! she is LEVELING with those eight year olds. listen kid. life kind of sucks. and boys kind of suck. don’t let them get away with anything. THEY SHOULDN’T DO BAD THINGS.

Kara: i had always thought the music was all romeo and juliet. but its kinda like: romeo and juliet die in the end.

Ada: i think this may be 2010: don’t let anyone get away with anything. don’t put up with it. no wallowing. just fuck them, move on. we are post-wallow.

Kara: we are definitely post-wallow. even beyonce. with “why dont you love me?” is still, like, “dude, im awesome, whats your prob?”

Ada: “be a dick to me? go for it. i will humiliate you in front of TEN MILLION tweens and their moms.”

Kara: also, at the same time as post-wallow, neal was like “this is like alanis’ ‘jagged little pill,'” which i get too. confrontational.

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Liberal Hypocrisy and Corporate Media

Barbara Stanwyck was a 90s woman and I know she wasn't really in His Girl Friday, but in my mind she was.

So, Kara, I just started working part-time at a tabloid as a city reporter, because, well, wouldn’t you? And I walked in fully prepared (almost enthusiastic!) to see all manner of pre-90s-enlightenment behavior — ass-grabbing, cigar-chomping, you name it. But you know what I found instead? A woman in charge and everyone flexible and friendly.

Contrast this with all those horror stories we have seen and heard surrounding liberal media bastions: hours cut so employees couldn’t get health insurance, totally sexist dudes running the show, racist articles, back-biting, etc., etc. Continue reading

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Lilith Fair, Menstruation Music, and how Riot Grrrl Inspires Gen Y

Ada, I wanted to post a few of my favorite links to stories and posts about Marisa’s book on the 90s, feminism, and music.

This is partly because Girl Power is about many of the issues we talk about here; partly because Marisa is my friend and co-author and one of the big messages of 90s feminism was that girls should support one another; and partly because I am trying to bury that mortifying fireman post I still can’t believe you talked me into. (But what’s more 90swoman than embracing public humiliation?)

Anyway, here are some of my favorite things Marisa said in some of her interviews that are not necessarily representative, although they may be representative of why I like her.

On the preponderance of female frontwomen with guy bands (ie. No Doubt) in Salon: “It’s like when friends change their names when they get married. I don’t think they are bad people, but there’s this little part of me that just wishes it were a little different.”

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90s Women G-Chat the Grammys

Ada: good morning. let’s talk beyonce. she is so much better than anyone else

Kara: agreed!

Ada: beyonce is the embodiment of all the good of the 90s merged with all the good of now and that performance totally proved it, from the shots of jay-z in the audience clapping for her to the merging of alanis

Kara:i agree. i think beyonce is reading her judith butler. there was all of the gender troubling. im thinking about what she did that was 90s vs what she did that felt very now.looking super-hot = now (best hair. her hair looked so good.) Continue reading


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Is Beyonce reading our blog?

i got this picture from the globe and mail. i wonder if i can find one with the crotch grab?

Um, Ada, I can’t believe what I just saw.

I was watching her, thinking about how amazing she looked, and how cool it is that she chose to sing “If I Were A Boy”—super-interesting feminist song!—when she launched into Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” It’s like everything we have been talking about came together in a Super Important Cultural Moment.

As the NYT blog said, “90s women stand up!”

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Is “Tik Tok” the feminist party anthem of 2010?

kesha, looking kind of 90s and kind of hot, in esquire

Ada, MMM-Bop is totally on my ipod! So is Party in the USA, which I saw Miley perform live. She was so bad. But so fun!

As you note, so were a lot of performers in the 90s. Like Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer who, by the way, I saw in concert–TOGETHER–my freshman year of high school. Not to brag or anything.

Okay, now, let’s talk about Ke$ha. I just saw that “Tik Tok” is the number one song on itunes right now. Which is cool, because I like Ke$ha. Partly because I am in my 30s and so I find a party anthem with the lines “Ain’t got a care in the world, but got plenty of beer” and “Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack” to be hilarious. HOWEVER. This song would have made me cry when I was 15, significantly more earnest, and dreaming of getting away from girls who just wanted to party and drink. (In NY, I imagined, rightly, I would be able to party and drink…while discussing feminist theory. We’ll bring the whiskey on the 13th!)

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Alanis Morissette Vs. Taylor Swift Smackdown

The 1990s Classic, "Baby Got Back"

Before we address merit, I thought it might be a good idea to look at what was actually popular with America back in the 1990s, like Sir Mix-a-Lot, versus what we were listening to in 90s WomanLand, like Liz Phair.

Here are VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. And following that is the list of the top songs from last year. Not to talk trash on the music of our youth, but “Party in the USA” is Mozart compared to “MMM Bop.”

  1. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991, #6 US)
  2. U2 – “One” (1991, #10 US)
  3. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way” (1999, #6 US)
  4. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1992, #1 US)
  5. Madonna – “Vogue” (1990, #1 US)
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