Happy International Women’s Day!

And in honour of the day, in the southern hemisphere at least, rather than yet another inspirational feminist quote, here’s a bit from from Shad’s ‘Keep Shining’:

“There’s no girls rappin’ so we’re only hearin’ half the truth
What we have to lose? Too much
Half our youth aren’t represented, the better halves of dudes
So we don’t hear about your brain, just your brains
How you rock a fella, Stacey Dash dames
We just need your voice like an a capella
Something in the music’s gotta change
My mom taught me where to keep my heart
My aunts taught me how to sing two parts
My sis taught me how to parallel park
Tried to teach me math but she’s way too smart
My grandma in her 80′s is still sharp
My girl cousin’s an activism at art
They taught me there’s no curls too tight
No mind to bright
No skin too dark to keep shining.

I like that and it made the list of the ‘least misogynistic rap lyrics of 2010.’ The full list of more than 200 feminist certified rap songs is here.

Thanks HLS.

12 thoughts on “Happy International Women’s Day!

  1. Why “in the southern hemisphere at least”? It’s traditionally the 8th of March, but is it on the 7th in the Southern Hemisphere? I’d never heard that, and would find it interesting, if so.

  2. No. It’s on the 8th in Australia, NZ, etc too. But it is the 8th there now. Auckland, for example, is 18 hours ahead of EST.

  3. Yes, that was the confusion for me, too- nothing to do w/ the Southern Hemisphere, since it’s still the 7th in much of it, and the 8th in Japan and the like, too.

  4. So, I’m confused regarding what the criteria are for something to be on the ‘feminist certified rap songs’ list. Seems like most of the songs are only on the list because they don’t use derogatory terms, but that doesn’t mean they are feminist friendly. For example, Kanye West’s “Stronger” has lines such as “let’s get lost tonight. you could be my black Kate Moss tonight.” & “heard they do anything for a klondike, and I’ll do anything for a blonde dike.” That’s just an example, but some of the songs seem to be pretty demeaning…

  5. I’m not totally sure of the criterion for making the 200- list, it’s hard to find anything about its origins online! At least in the initial link (with the Shad song) the idea seemed to be songs that were pro-women, pro-romance (rather than about sexual objectification), or gender equality, but some of them were also fairly borderline, like Eminem’s ‘Superman’…

  6. Can we get any info on where the list came from or who compiled? I’d love to share it with girls (ages 8-14) who love hip hop but I sure don’t have time to listen to them all – and would like to credit the source, too.

  7. Doesn’t this rap song seem a little misandristic ?…i.e. “the better halves of dudes”

  8. It’s posted on the NOW-NYC website, National Organization of Women for New York City. The author of the document is listed as an intern. I think maybe if you wanted to use it you could write to NOW and ask.

    ” Call our office at 212-627-9895
    Email us at contact@nownyc.org
    Our office is located at:
    150 W. 28th St., Suite #304
    (between 6th & 7th Aves.)
    New York, NY 10001″

  9. Love Shad’s work. His mom was obviously a great role model for him, as well as an inspiration for me. She survived the genocide in Rwanda, and taught him about love& acceptance in times when it could be so much easier to hate. Wow.

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