Erin Whidden: Feminism and Song Lyrics

   As Summer approaches (at least down here in the South), I am reminded of a song that was featured in a Macy’s summer sale commercial around this time last year. The song was “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. It was fitting because the song is not only very catchy, but also went well with the summer theme of the commercial.

    I remember looking this song up on YouTube because I had forgotten who sang it. I easily found it, and when I scrolled down to the comments, I was surprised to find someone complaining over what to me seemed like a pretty innocent and pleasant song. She said something along the lines of, “I am disgusted that Macy’s would use a song that promotes misogyny in their commercial”, and then went on to criticize a particular verse of the song that says, “If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal// If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel”.

    She found this degrading to women, as if their value lies in their family’s wealth. While I can agree with her that we should not base our treatment of others (regardless of gender, race, etc.) on their income or financial situation, this is just a song, and that’s the only part of the song that makes any mention of that sort. Besides, if she really finds “In the Summertime” offensive, then she ought to go listen to some rap music (this woman was by admittance, in her 60s). I told her that women in other parts of the world have much bigger issues to face than harmless song lyrics.

    This is just one of any things that modern day, first world feminists blow way out of proportion. Everything is oppressive. Everything is offensive. Everything is misogynistic. Everything is rape. While women in places like Saudi Arabia are being forced to cover their bodies from head to toe, marrying at nine years old, having acid thrown on their faces or their genitals mutilated, and risking their lives just to speak out about it, American women are parading down the streets half naked with hats that look like female reproductive parts on their heads in the name of “empowerment”.

    To people like myself who have morals, self-respect, and an understanding of reality and how good I have it as an American citizen, they are laughing stocks.

    These women (notice I didn’t call them “ladies”) never solve any real issues, but rather view women’s rights in what I see as a very self-centered manner. They see themselves as victims who are owed something. They don’t want to be held accountable for themselves. To them, being a feminist means advocating for the right to murder unborn human beings, to go through the streets half dressed, to be hateful towards men, and to generally be termites to this country. I’m not saying that this is every American feminist- there are many who do work on solving actual issues, such as human trafficking and helping foreign women to gain the rights that they should have, but here in America, we have already achieved equal rights and treatment as women.

    It is no wonder liberal feminists are so unhappy (statistically speaking). How can you enjoy life if things as irrelevant and harmless as song lyrics hurt your feelings? We can never solve any real problems if we spend all of our time, energy, and resources on miniscule, made up issues. Pretending to be some sort of poor, oppressed victim in the United States of America is a huge disrespect to people in other nations who are actually oppressed, and who face actual issues, and I have yet to see this raised as a priority among American feminists…they would rather worry about how song lyrics make them feel.