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Angry Women in Music

I know this is my second post today, but I've been mulling this over a lot recently. Why are there so very few angry women in the music business as compared to the number of angry men in music? Rap, rock, pop, or you name it, I'm willing to bet you'll be able to find more male acts that have angry songs.

This probably has a bit to do with how women are socialized. We're not supposed to be angry. We're supposed to to be calm and sweet and be able to communicate with small forest animals, not screaming or growling into a microphone. I see sadness as a more regularly expressed emotion in music that's made by women, probably because sadness is less threatening than anger.

The music genre I'm talking about mostly is rock and the many offshoots of rock. It still hasn't changed much since the Runaways in the 1970's and "OMG THOSE GIRLS HAVE GUITARS WTF MAN." It's still not easy to be a girl and play music that isn't pop music. It's still very much a boys club.


I've noticed that voice is a really important factor for women in music too. Plenty of men with non-conventional or simply not great voices make it big all the time and even become legends. Think Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, or even fucking Johnny Rotten. Women's voices need to be more easy on the ears in order for them to become popular (not that it matters anymore with auto tune). At the moment, I can only think of one person with a hit single who had a horrible singing voice and was also female: Courtney Love while she was in Hole.

I realize that there are probably angry women in music that I don't know about, but that's the point: a lot of people don't know about them. Angry women aren't game changers in music like angry men are. Angry men can sing the disillusionment of an entire generation, but angry women only sing the disillusionment of their gender.

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