The young women circulated a petition on their campus last week, asking students to support banning songs with misogynist themes and lyrics. Senior Madeline Conrique said the club wasn’t lobbying for G-rated tunes; they just don’t want to hear songs that debase women when they’re trying to celebrate and have fun. Their peers didn’t make it easy. Some kids pressured others not to sign the petition and accused club members of trying to ruin their good time. The petition garnered about 130 signatures, and in the end administrators guaranteed they could remove 20 songs from the playlist (I would be interested to know which songs were banned).
I’m super impressed by the awareness, initiative, and bravey these young women have shown. I am blown away that their high school has a Women’s Health and Issues Club! When I was in high school I probably didn’t even know the definition of “misogyny.” Prom blatantly emphasize gender roles and the endeavor can be an exercise in traditional gender performance. Add misogynist music and prom can be a frustrating event for a bad-ass young feminist.
Loud and proud feminism – or opposition to any oppression – can result in some pretty crappy social consequences. It can not have been easy for them to stand up for their convictions in a high school environment. These daring and determined young harpies have bright futures ahead of them and I hope they have a great time this weekend.