The social justice term “feminist” has become more synonymous with mainstream music this past year. By 2014, artists like Lorde, Taylor Swift and John Legend have all proudly called themselves feminists. Musicians are also creating music with feminist perspectives; PTAF debuted Boss Ass Bitch, Jennifer Lopez and French Montana premiered their video for I Luh Ya Papi, and Mary J Blige released Doubt. But let’s take a minute to pay homage to those who laid the foundation for female empowerment in music.
During my college freshman orientation we played the game “Cross the Line.” The rules of the game were simple: if you relate to the sentence read out by the moderator, you must silently walk over a line drawn on the floor that divides the room. This game is created to be a safe space for those who want to get to know each other without judgment from others.
The game seemed straightforward enough, but when the moderator read “cross the line if you identify as feminist” it suddenly felt complicated. I hesitated, then took a step forward and then one back.