Songs About Double Standards
Music has the power to inspire, inform, proclaim excellence, and spread optimism. The words in songs have the power to inspire and uplift us. Different types of music have different effects on us.
To be excellent and work hard, you need the honesty and rawness that music provides. Through their platform and their music, many musicians lend a voice to others who don’t have one. Here are some songs that about double standards and deserve to be called female anthems and why they should be.
5 Songs About Double Standards
1. God Is a Woman by Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman” is almost certainly going to be the first song that comes to anyone’s mind when they are asked to mention songs about double standards.
When compared to other anthems celebrating women, this one stands out. The majority of the songs on this list are sung by women and celebrate our freedom to be who we want to be or express frustration with the way society treats women in general.
For a long time, women have been encouraged to be silent about sexuality and their bodies. But we need to be comfortable in our own skin, know what we like and don’t like, and have faith in ourselves and our abilities. Ariana sings that she is so amazing (sexually and otherwise) that her spouse will start to think that God is a woman.
She believes she (and women in general) deserve more praise because of how amazing they are. We deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be seen as more than just a commodity.
We aren’t sexual creatures, and it’s hypocritical to tell women to sever our sexuality just because society tolerates certain behaviors in males but not in women. This song serves as a rallying cry for women everywhere who recognize and embrace their inherent brilliance.
2. Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera Ft. Lil Kim
You can hear the power of feminism in this song. We live in a world of double standards, and Christina isn’t hesitant to call them out. At the outset of the song, Aguilera makes a bold statement, claiming that she is not allowed to have an opinion simply because she is a woman, and that if she responds angrily, males would become offended and spread rumors about her.
The song also includes the lyric, “Men can have many conquests and get praised, but if a woman did that, she’d be called out of her name.” Aguilera argues that these double standards go back throughout history, and that males feel we are meant to be seen and not heard, so it’s important to listen closely to the song’s words.
Aguilera and Lil Kim not only expose the pervasiveness of double standards, misogyny, and slut-shaming, but also announce that we will not be deterred by such injustices.
The song’s 2002 release date belies how current it still is in the year 2021. It is perplexing that women still face double standards in relationships and the workplace, and that we are being called names. This song is perfect for those times when you need a little more motivation to keep going even if things may seem bleak.
3. Roar by Katy Perry
To “roar” is to triumph over restraint and oppression. Perry begins the song by admitting that she has been one to hold back her opinions in the past.
She was under the impression that she ought to act in a particular manner and keep up an air of placidity. We women often feel our voices aren’t being heard, and we may be hesitant to speak up for fear of repercussions. It’s not uncommon to feel hemmed in and confined by the people around us.
Perry encourages his audience to not just pick themselves up, but to get back up and at it again. Brenda Ornellas, my sister and a big Roar fan, thinks it should be officially recognized as a female anthem.
Women should never feel silenced,” Ornellas argues. Prior to hearing this song, I never felt comfortable saying what was really on my mind, but now I feel free to express myself completely.
An anthem for women is a song that encourages its listeners to be themselves, whether it means speaking their minds or drawing on hidden reserves of strength.
4. The Man by Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has become famous for her empowering songs for women. Taylor Swift’s The Man addresses the double standard that women must contend with in society.
Swift, like Christina Aguilera in Can’t Hold Us Down, sings on how women are often treated as if they don’t deserve the opportunities afforded to them.
Swift sings that she is exhausted from trying to climb the music industry ladder as quickly is can despite the fact that she believes she would have gotten there sooner if she were a man. Woman also claims that if she does something, people single her out and criticize her, yet when a man does the same thing, he receives nothing but praise.
Swift adds that men are rarely questioned about their accomplishments or their methods of getting there, whereas women often are. The song demonstrates how women are treated differently and how their accomplishments and hard work are devalued.
There has always been double standards, but it’s refreshing to hear someone talk about how they affect modern culture and other pressing problems.
5. You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
The song’s message of confidence is very popular today. According to the song’s message, no guy has the right to dictate your appearance, manner of speech, or actions.
Possessing self-possession means you have full control over your own life. You shouldn’t let anyone tell you how to live your life simply because they have a better idea of what’s best for you or because it’s what society considers to be the norm.
SayGrace ft. G-Eazy recently covered Gore’s song. G-Eazy raps on women’s empowerment, hard work, and not needing handouts, while the original chorus remains in the song.
In his own words, “She’s that worst I would love to showcase. Get her some Yves Saint Laurent clothes and take her shopping. Nonetheless, she isn’t on board with this. That’s because she’s finally making her own money. G-Eazy closes by saying that his lady has made it clear that she would never submit to anyone.
This is such a strong statement for all women. We refuse to be owned because we are confident in who we are and what we’re worth. Hear a song by Lesley Gore and listen to SayGrace ft. G-Eazy on this link.