I’m not big on country music, but I like this song.
Their voices, when they harmonize, are amazing to me. The first time I heard them sing the chorus at 1:00, I was blown away. One of the reasons I love this song is the emotion they both bring to the song, and the blurring and combination of that emotion is beautiful.
I’m all for gender equality. I don’t get why some people believe one gender is better than the other. I’ve been writing up a blog post on sexism recently.
I remembered that I haven’t been doing any posts on music and when I thought of this song, I thought – ha! – perfect example of why I think both genders are awesome. This song wouldn’t be what it is, if they both didn’t sing it.
Sexism is defined as, “prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex”, “attitudes or behaviors based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles”, and “behaviors, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex”, (according to googleDefine, Merriam-Webster, and thedictionary.com).
Seriously, sexism? Why – what’s the point?
I’m big on gender equality. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not crazy aggressive about it and I’ve never gotten in peoples’ faces over it, but I have a very distinct opinion. And in my opinion, men aren’t better than women and women aren’t better than men.
Each gender is its own, has its own qualities and awesomeness, its cross over qualities, its strengths and weaknesses. < But all of those descriptive words right there have more to do with PERSONALITY and INDIVIDUALITY than they do with ANATOMY. We let the stereotypes of the gender speak more than the person. Gender does not tell us who a person is, their personality should factor into that – not assumptions and sexism.
The 1950’s and every year before then? OVER. DONE. This is the twenty-first century and forward. Welcome.
With all that said, sexism is a ginormous issue. Still. You’d think we’d get over it by now. But oh, no. There are still quite a large amount of men who believe women “belong” in the kitchen and are alive for one sole purpose: bare and take care of their children. And you know, do whatever their man wants them to.
To wrap it all up, a lot of men think of women as cattle.
To be fair, I guess there must be some women out there who think of men as toys and nothing else, but I had to admit, I’ve never met one. I have met, however, a large amount of men who believe women are toys and borderline slaves, and that’s what they’re meant to be. And they should stop trying to fight it.
HA HA HA! Oh Jeeze, why is it illegal to dismember people again?
I’m going to say this now, before I go on about sexism any more.
I am not saying that women should be big and burly and gross and unsanitary in the name of equality. Not at all! I’m just saying that equality has not been realized. And I’m tired of it. I do want women to remain feminine and men to remain masculine, but that’s not all they are. And the stereotypes are stupid. You can be tough and feminine at the same time. And men? They do have a feminine side, really.
Also, so you don’t think I’m a stick in the mud, I can take a joke. I joke about everything with my friends, from gender to race to age to natural dork status. I believe you should be able to laugh about everything with those who know and love you, or you’re taking everything (yourself included) way too seriously.
It’s all a fine line and a confusing balance must be struck. But it’s possible.
We can’t keep looking at each other as “caveman” and “sex-slave/cattle”. We’re people and we have the potential to be awesome.
So yeah, I guess this is my post-sexism post. Or maybe this is like, the musical number before the exposition.
Does the emotion in this song do anything for you?