“I think I just like seeing the best in humanity. If you believe in the inherent dignity of people, in justice and human rights, then feminism is for you. It says that rape isn’t natural for men, that men aren’t inherently violent, and that women aren’t just naturally insecure about their bodies and other issues. The best of us is to be found in feminism. I find that hugely inspiring.”—Kat Banyard, speaking to The Guardian, via Miss World.
“In her songs, Robyn is really good at combining the pop archetype of the “independent adult woman” with the “teenybopper in LUV.” … Like, “Bum Like You” from her self-titled album was very naive and teenybopper-ish in the way Robyn declares that she knows her b.f. is a deadbeat, but loves him anyway and doesn’t care that he takes advantage of her. What makes this a song clearly about an adult woman and not a teenager is the list of things of hers that he takes advantage of: checkbook, Visa, Mastercard… This woman clearly has her shit together, finances-wise, which implies some level of age & experience. Yet she’s still willing to throw herself into the relationship like the naive girl that she isn’t. PROBLEM SOLVED. Err, not really. Clearly there are bad decisions being made here. But the point is, in Robyn’s songs, clearly independent women ALWAYS make the reckless leap into love with (usually the wrong) man. They never hold back the way independent women everywhere are afraid we kind of have to. Essentially, Robyn is making a really convincing case that a woman can have it all. It’s kind of amazing that Robyn makes this work. To put that in perspective: this same conflict was so intractable that it SPLIT BEYONCÉ’S PERSONALITY IN TWO. (Sasha Fierce was the “independent” part, FYI.)”—