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Girl in A Country Song

Who is the girl in a country song? Maddie and Tea explain that the girl in a country song often wears painted on cut-off jeans and bikini tops that chafe, and their main role is “to climb up in your truck, keep our mouth shut and ride along.”

Girl in a Country Song

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Having been a country music fan for as long as I can remember, it hit me one day that many of my favorite songs have messages that go against many of my values. Many country songs are degrading to women, as they often objectify women, treat women as men’s’ side kicks, and describe women as sexual objects.

For example, Florida Georgia Line states,

When I first saw that Bikini top on her, she was popping right out of the side Georgia water, thought oh good lord she had them long tan legs, couldn’t help myself so I walked up and said, baby you a song…(we know the rest from there).

Luke Bryan explains,

You’re lookin’ so good in what’s left of those blue jeans, drip of honey on the money make her gotta be, the best buzz I’m ever gonna find, I’m a little drunk on you and high on summertime.

The song that gets to me the most was recently released by RaeLynn, and it seems to be following me around on the radio. RaeLynn’s new single, God Made Girls, explains that girls were created because,

Somebody’s gotta wear a pretty skirt, somebody’s gotta be the one to flirt, somebody’s gotta wanna hold his hand so God made girls.

RaeLynn refers to her new single as a “girl empowerment song,” however – it is quite the opposite. Shaun Kitchener, a blogger for Entertainment Wise, refers to RaeLynn’s new single as “jaw-droppingly anti-feminist.”

RaeLynn’s song assumes that men were on this earth to begin with and God (who is a male, of course) created women for men’s pleasure! That must be exactly how it went down!

He stood back and told the boys, ‘I’m about to rock your world.’ And God made girls.

RaeLynn’s song contributes to our male-dominated, heterosexist culture by explaining that women were created to be subordinate to men. Many of the song lyrics depict women as accessories to men.

Somebody’s gotta be the one to cry, somebody’s gotta let him drive, give him a reason to hold that door so God made girls.

RaeLynn’s song gives in to gender norms and stereotypes by stating that women are emotional and weak and that men are dominant and powerful.

I thought we had progressed and broken down these norms, yet RaeLynn seems to be taking a step backwards. News flash RaeLynn: this is not the 1950’s. Women do more in this world than exist solely for men’s pleasure.

Have any readers heard this song? What are your reactions? Any thoughts on what we can do about messages like this in popular culture?

3 Responses to “Girl in A Country Song”

  1. rosehasathorn

    I am SO happy you wrote this! Country music is my favorite type of music, however I often feel like I’m betraying my feminist side because it is so degrading. I knew everyone of these lyrics and it made me upset to think about how women are portrayed. Also, RaeLynn’s song makes me nauseous.

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  2. lumpyspaceproblems

    Great post! I’ve honestly never been a country fan, but being from the south, I’ve heard a lot. This is an issue that I’ve noticed before in a lot of songs, but have never put my finger on just how common and similar these degrading messages can be in so many songs! I’ll definitely be listening harder the next time a country song comes on.

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