Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Pill (and other Female Fightin' Songs)

Says someone on YouTube: "This song says more about women's liberation than anything written by Germaine Greer and others." I completely agree.

I was 10 when this song was released in 1975, and even as a kid, I remember everyone in rural Texas talking and talking and talking about it. As they did about the big televised tennis match in '73 between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Both a way to introduce feminism to the masses in a good-natured way.

A few years earlier, Loretta had also proved her mettle (and controversy) with other female fightin' songs like "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" ('66), "Don't Come Home a-Drinkin'" ('67), and "Fist City" ('68).

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