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The [Dixie] Chicks: Gaslighter Album Review

16 Dec

Grammy nominations proved that The Chicks still aren’t off the blacklist. Which is ridiculous considering the political polarization, and mainstreaming of talking $hit about the top politicians. And the Shit-Show that is Trump. The music industry should be groveling at their feet. And fans should be telling them they suffered from being ahead of their time. But here we are, back in hypocrisy-land.

Sure, the Chicks have taken MORE then their fair share of heat for getting political.  Still, I wanted this album to be more outspoken politically.

Instead we got a divorce album.  Which is normally one of my favorites, because I like a bitter song.  But it’s just a bit of a disappointment.  I wish  they would comment on this current political situation.  That said, I’m glad they are back at all.

I ALSO WISH THAT WOMEN WOULDN’T BLAME THE OTHER WOMAN.  If your loser-husband cheats on you, don’t be mad at other women, be angry at that piece of shit.

I would have like at least one cheeky song on the album.  It’s one of their specialties, and I enjoy the fun-loving stuff.  I also wanted to hear more strings on the album.  They were really only strong on one song.  And I would have liked some faster-paced songs.  Sin Wagon, for example is kind of a breakup song, but it’s very fast and fun to listen to despite the lyrics.

Gender Roles [Anti-Valentine’s #4]

6 Feb

Valentine’s Day keeps us entrenched in our gender roles.  Society has come so far since the days of the 1950s when women had no other option than to be housewives and mothers while men were forced to carry the burden of earning the family income alone.  Why, I ask loudly and repeatedly, do we continue to constrict ourselves to these unfair and unrealistic ideals?  We know by now who established these gender guidelines–men in power with the help of the all-encompassing media influence.  The question is:  Why do we continue to marginalize ourselves by relishing traditions that pigeonhole us to these tired gender generalizations?  As a society we should be more terrestrial in our expectations.  No one should be forced to conform to antediluvian notions of what gender-characteristics are socially-correct.

Valentine’s Day is a reminder of the narrow expectation of what the sexes ought to be.  There is no room to be Leslie 3down-to-Earth:  Women are passive in this day.  They sit back and wait for the man to make romantic plans, wonder and wish about what the man will present her as a gift, and lie back for a sexual encounter at the end of the night.  Men, on the contrary, are supposed to take action.  Nothing should be commonplace on February 14.   They best plan the best, most romantic, spectacular date possible.  Men are also expected to lavish their little lady with meaningless (but costly) gifts to impart the message his woman is still desirable to him.  Finally, the man should perform like a lissome stallion in the bedroom at the end of the night.

I think it’s humorous that these antiquated values are so deeply entrenched in our psyche that we think we OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWANT to uphold these traditions.  As a country, we need to get in touch with more Earthbound expectations, especially when it comes to holidays.  Our patriarchal society is so pervasive that it seems presently it’s women who insist on keeping Valentine’s Day alive.  Refer to my other anti-Valentine’s blogs for examples–there are many.

The way I see it, Valentine’s Day actually takes AWAY from romance.  Maybe if we were more terrene in our gestures it would actually be romantic.  I’m pretty impressed when someone scrapes ice off my windshield on a cold morning, springs for Starbucks, or just looks at me lovingly.  All the Valentine’s Day traditions are tired and overdone.  No thought goes into clichés–you just repeat (what everyone else has already thought up) year after year.  It would be MUCH more romantic to think of your own sublunary traditions as a couple and practice them randomly throughout the year instead of on one day when tradition tells you that you have to.

Mother JonesInstead of embracing such silliness, isn’t it time we transcended gender?  Who wants to live by some strict guideline that isn’t even our own generation’s ideology?  These obsolete ideals are hardly even reasonable in our current fast-paced, work-driven society.  Tellurian love gestures are so much more practical and amazing in the long-run (not to mention more affordable).  Wouldn’t it be more progressive and meaningful to get away from the stubborn expectations of Valentine’s Day and do something original and non-cliché’?  So, as usual on principle I will not be celebrating Valentine’s Day–and I suggest you boycott it as well.

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