I’m taking my daughter to her first music festival this weekend at Doheny Days in southern California. I figured this playlist would be a good way to get us in the mood this morning. Here’s my pikcs for Top 5 Family Friendly Feminist Jams To Rock With Your Kids. There were a lot of other great bands ans songs that missed the list – the criteria being at least PG-13 rating as far as lyrics go. Share your tops picks in the comments section.
5. You Don’t Own Me – Leslie Gore
Recorded in 1963 when she was just 17 years this song is a great primer for teaching your kids that healthy relationships are devoid of power and control issues. Yes means yes and no means no!
4. Oh Bondage, Up Yours! – X-Ray Specs
“Some people say little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think BONDAGE UP YOURS! 1-2-3-4!”” Released in 1977 by British punk Bank, X-Ray Specs, lead singer, Poly Styrene rallies the anthem cry to get your kids excited to tackle issues of sexism head on.
3. Ladies First Queen Latifah
Released in 1989 as hip-hop began to take an ugly turn away from its socially conscious roots towards the more commercially viable gangster rap, Queen Latifah brought a much needed female perspective to the genre. She would later go on to collaborate with hip-hop legend KRS-One with the Stop The Violence initiative.
2. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
The classic Riot Grrrl Anthem, this song will get any kid bouncing about the living room furniture. With a catchy hook this song is all about female partnership and empowerment. (Worth a listen is founder Kathleen Hanna’s late band, Le Tigre’s “FYR”, unfortunately the lyrics are a bit too adulterated to be considered family friendly – but hey sexism and misogyny should piss you off a little bit right?)
1. Kool Thing – Sonic Youth
There would be no Riot Grrrl or Third Wave movement with out the influence of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Even my gay male friends had a crush on Kim back in the late 80s and early 90s. The song was released in 1990 and originally written as a dis to fellow New York artist, rapper LL Kool J. Public Enemy front man, Chuck D lends vocals.
Dads, so what are you going to do for the girls about male, white, corporate oppression?