Lily Allen: An Important Voice In Fight Against Slut-Shaming

While Twitter might've gone mad about her baggy pussy, Allen has struck a vital blow for women everywhere and I'm in love...
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While Twitter might've gone mad about her baggy pussy, Allen has struck a vital blow for women everywhere and I'm in love...

I am in feminist love.

Who’d have thought I’d say it but Lily Allen has just singlehandedly thrown a stick of dynamite into the current state of feminism and has rescued us all from abject desperation by addressing the state of the music industry/modern society in 4minutes. Lily has handed us a 4 minute unapologetic, pop-ska-electro, feminist manifesto that you can dance and laugh to and I’m in feminist love.

Lily Allen’s new song, ‘Hard Out Here’ casually eviscerates music industry sexism and hurled feminism back into mainstream radio. In trademark Allen style she’s created a modern feminist anthem that I can only hope is number one for the next decade. How often is it that an artist hands us a track that is socially redeeming or empowering let alone one with a relevant message behind it: “Inequality promises that it is here to stay/ Always trust the injustice because it's not going away.”

Lily Allen is known for her innovation and creativity as well as being contrary and contradictory but she has far surpassed herself here. People may have called her lyrics malicious, vicious and bitchy in the past but here we can all clearly see that she’s simply doing something no one else dares. Lily’s given us a candid and apropos commentary about how fucked up it is to be a girl in our patriarchal society because as she says, it is ‘…hard out there for a bitch’. Lily’s hit the nail on the head with this song; its so relevant it’s scary. If you haven’t yet read Return Of The King's "24 Signs She’s A Slut”, you don’t know what us Bitches are up against. Men don’t think feminism is an issue because (in Lily’s satirical tone) “We’ve never had it so good” but we’re all still facing cavemen like the one’s on the Return of The Kings website.

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Their casual slut-shaming of pretty much any sexual female with a pulse is exactly what Lily is commenting on when she sings “If I told you about my sex life, you'd call me a slut/ When boys be talking about their bitches no one's making a fuss.” I am glad Mrs. Allen is making a fuss because websites like that are a scary look at the dark side of human nature and a stark reminder that Lily Allen really does have something worth singing about. And whether you believe it or not pop culture isn’t helping this type misogyny - it’s feeding it. You wont find female artists like Rihanna musing and dissing unobtainable women’s magazine standards or the objectification of women in hip-hop videos. I mean Miley Cyrus certainly would far rather place her latex pants in a married man’s crotch than show him as the misogynist, arrogant fool ‘Blurred Lines’ makes him out to be.

As a society we’ve always championed bands/singers who snarled things we’re too afraid to say and I hope that continues. It will be a shame that, because Lily’s female and is championing women, people start rolling their eyes and putting it down to a bit of good-old Freudian ‘Hysteria’. Because they have before. Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ and Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World’ also aimed to empower, speak about equality, feminism and gay rights and despite their high profile in mainstream media, neither reached number one. Thankfully the feminist landscape is an ever-changing one and the connotations of being a feminist are continually being redefined so with any luck, this track might just see a shift in people’s perception.

It’s phenomenally important that we have women like Lily Allen and other female musicians/actresses/comedians that are starting real dialogue for not only women but young girls too, to make us all realise that rather than being afraid of being a feminist, we should be afraid that society is teaching us to live up to it’s idea of perfection rather than our own. I sincerely hope that 12 year old girls across the country world spend the next few months doing nothing but singing “Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits” and realising that feminism can be fun and more importantly, funny; if there’s a movement out there that needs us rolling in the isles, it’s feminism. Humour is anti-establishment, it’s powerful, and it is insightful and in this instance, it’s different. When was the last time a feminist, satirical, rant made you laugh?

I’ve now got a massive lady-boner so I’m going to try touch the glass ceiling with it.