The Rise of Strong Women in Pop Music

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Confidence Boost

By Brianna Love

In 2017, we saw a rise of strong feminist women in the Pop music genre. Women such as Hailee Steinfeld, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and Bea Miller, did some amazing acts to promote feminism. The acts don’t seem to go unnoticed by the young women who listen to this particular genre. From independent women to adolescent girls, the influence of these women in the spotlight promotes strength and love.

On April 28, 2017, Hailee Steinfeld released a song titled “Most Girls.” This song promotes being comfortable in who you are as a woman and appreciating the other women around us. Hailee sings: “Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful. Most girls work hard, go far we are unstoppable. Most girls, our fight to make every day, no two are the same. I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls.” In the music video, Hailee makes it clear that the song is in response to the common saying “you’re not like most girls.” Instead of turning against each other and judging each other as a female population, “Most Girls” promotes being proud of who we are as a community of women.

Meghan Trainor’s song “I’m a Lady” complements “Most Girls” perfectly. Meghan sings: “And I don’t look like them (But I ain’t worried about it). I don’t talk like them (But I ain’t worried about it). I know I’m a gem. I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it ‘Cause I’m a lady.” There’s no need to worry if you’re not the same as someone else because that is the beauty of it all. We are not the same, but we stand together. My favorite part of this song is the lyric:

“I know I laugh too loud
And I might cry too much (come on).
To all those judgy eyes
I got a whole lotta love.” -Meghan Trainor, I’m a Lady

These are common stereotypes of women. We laugh too loud and that’s “unacceptable.” We cry too much and that’s “annoying.” We attempt to force ourselves into a tiny box that society has made for us just to fit in. Meghan is saying I’m done with that. This is who I am. So what if it’s “unacceptable” in your eyes. I’m proud to be this woman and you can no longer put me in that box. She sings: “All my girls, show them you’re a lady.
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady.”

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This Body

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By Ashley Centers

You say
This body is a temple
And to treat it well
Because this life
It’s the only one we’ve got
But baby’s fat bracelets
And thunder thighs
Never melted away
When she started walking.
And I’ve stopped wishing
For these heavy legs
To work like they should.

You’d remind me that real
Movement happens within
And to not be in such a hurry
Because maybe there’s a reason
This body is broken. My blue mind
Sometimes forgets that karma
Takes time to work itself out.
I just can’t see how
I’m supposed to love something
That has never been the source
Of anything good in my life.

Love Your Body!

SaraThere’s one undeniable fact about our society that, frankly, drives me nuts. The fact is, the majority of women–about 90%–are unhappy with their bodies. People are continually comparing their bodies to what they see in magazines, in movies, and on TV.  Honestly, I’m tired of it.

I have a confession… I LOVE MY BODY!  I love showing my body off.  I love shopping for clothes my size. If you have a problem with what I wear or what I look like, then don’t look at me. I am so tired of people assuming I’m dieting, exercising to lose weight, or unhappy with my body.

My body is part of who I am, and I love it!

Summer is a time for shorts and swimsuits and tank tops, and I am wearing all of it. My thighs jiggle, I have cellulite, and my stomach pokes out. This hasn’t stopped me from living my life to fullest, and having the most amazing summer yet.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, because I’m far from it. Some days I feel disgusting, and sometimes I can’t help but compare myself to beautiful women in the media. Everyone has flaws and things they want to change about themselves, inside and out. My advice is to try not to focus on those things every second of every day. I’ve been there, and it’s an exhausting place to live your life.

I know I could be in better shape, and could live a healthier life. But those are things I need to do for me. Being healthy should be a goal in itself, not just to look like the women in magazines–it’s a goal toward a better you. And it will come in your own time. Changes come when they are truly desired, and they can’t be forced. I have dieted and exercised and lost weight, but I gained it all back. Why?  Because I didn’t really want to lose it in the first place!

Your body is a work of art. It is unique and real and perfect.

I hate it when women talk badly about other women’s bodies, but I hate it even more when they talk negatively about their own. Confidence is beautiful and liberating. Embrace your body. You are so much more than what people see at a glance.

If there’s one thing that’s been on my mind all summer, it’s been my body and my body image. I’ve resolved not to change for anyone, because I am truly happy with who I am, and what I look like.  So stop talking about my body, because I’m too busy being happy and fulfilled with who I am to listen.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” – Amy Bloom.