Given my love for the hippity hop, there's been plenty of times when I listen to a song, nod to the beat and then start thinking 'this is some sexist nonsense'. But Hip-Hop is far from the only genre to have sexist nonsense permeate their music. So I started thinking, what are some sexist songs that I happen to like? I decided to leave hip hop off the list because we'd be here forever.
Stevie Wonder - Superwoman
I know right? Stevie Wonder? He of 'I just called to say I love you infamy'? Well listen to Superwoman and tell me there isn't a twinge of sexism there. The basic outline of the song is that Wonder breaks up with a woman because she wants to become an actress, which is too much of an impossible dream for Wonder to handle. This coming from a blind musician who's mastered several instruments and won multiple grammy awards.
Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb
'The squirmin' dog who's just had her day', 'She's the sweetest pet in the world', 'the way she talks when she's spoken to'? Yeah, this goes without explanation.
Barry White - Just The Way You Are
This one barely qualifies. Not because it isn't sexist. I just don't like Barry White that much. But yeah, a song that says 'don't try any clever conversation, I like you just the way you are' is a definite skip.
Jagged Edge - Let's Get Married
I was tempted to take this off the list because admitting to liking R&B is akin to saying you enjoy punching kittens in some circles. Then again, these are usually the same people who hate funk and like Bob Dylan so their opinion is worthless to me. Anyhoo, 'We ain't getting no younger, we might as well do it'? Talk about damming with faint praise. I can't imagine anything romantic being said with the words 'we might as well' in the sentence. Also, I'll be damned if I get married because I just realised I can't reverse the ageing process.