Articulating feminism and politics
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This study examines pop music in context of third wave feminism. The songs selected as material text are: Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi,” Christina Aguilera’s “Can’t Hold Us Down,” featuring Lil’ Kim, and Missy Elliott’s “Work It.” The songs and corresponding music videos were analyzed for their responses and solutions to the issue of gender inequality. The songs were also examined for contradiction among songs and in relationship to third wave feminism. Results indicated similarities along ethnic lines and visual displays of sexuality rooted in patriarchal gender construction.