For me and many other girls alike, one of my first real exposures to feminism was through the music that soundtracked my early years. Seeing talented, clued up and bad-ass women singing about power, independence and self love was super inspiring and reassuring. And it still is.
So for December’s theme of ‘childhood’ I’ve collated some of the tracks from the ’90s to the 2000s that fueled many of our don’t-give-a-fuck attitudes. Whether it’s TLC shamelessly stating their unwillingness to compromise for anyone or Aaliyah just slaying in every way possible, these songs really do document girl power. And of course, they’re all bangers.
Check out these songs on YouTube, or on the 8tracks mix!
1. Jumpin’, Jumpin’ – Destiny’s Child (2000)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjw92oUduEM
2. One Night Stand – Mis-teeq (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yioliz1brHA
3. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani (2005)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgjkth6BRRY
4. No Scrubs – TLC (1999)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLequ6dUdM
5. Rock The Boat – Aaliyah (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5AAcgtMjUI
6. Bag Lady – Erykah Badu (2000)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqN0jsSeqPo
7. Independent Women, Pt. 1 – Destiny’s Child (2000)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lPQZni7I18
8. I Am Not My Hair – India.Arie ft. Akon (2006)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_5jIt0f5Z4

Photographs by Ellie F0x.


Author Bio: Safi is a 17 y/o wannabe writer with a passion for literature, girl gangs throughout history and Mexican food. She reblogs stuff at http://yeuxfatigue.tumblr.com and writes things at https://safbugel.wordpress.com

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January 10, 2016