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that men are seen to be self loathing, dramatically recovering from the loss of woman, or self medicating with a 6 pack of Budweiser (Pruitt, 2006). In contrast, these songs teach society that women are limited to only being seen as sexy, reliant on their relationships with men, and eventually eagerly embracing motherhood. The song “God Made Girls” is one example that belittles women and in turn puts men on a pedestal. The country artist RaeLynn sings the following lyric: “Somebody's gotta be the one to cry, Somebody's gotta let him drive, Give him a reason to hold that door, So God made girls…”). These sorts of lyrics do not promote a woman's sense of self or independance. This is just one of many examples of the drastic differences in the way men and women are represented in the world of country music and its lyrics. These overly generalized stereotypes limit both genders in their journey for a genuine and authentic self. As we begin to examine the struggles of gender equality in country music, it becomes apparent which sex is held to a higher regard in public affairs. The article Real Men Kill and A Lady Never Talks Back demonstrates the double standard country artists face. The specific example I am referring to is the scandal involving the Dixie Chicks and the president of the United States Of America, George Bush. After the Dixie Chicks made anti-war comments at a
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COUNTRY MUSICS GENDER REPRESENTATION 4 concert in London they received an insane amount of criticism and backlash from the president along with their so called “fans” (Pruitt, 2007). This highlights the ways in which men and women are seen differently when it comes to opinions, specifically relating to their national pride. (Pruitt, 2007). This essay will compare two well known country artists both hailing from Texas; the Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson. The aim of this comparison is to demonstrate the ways in which men and women are perceived differently and the reasons for this discrepancy. Gender roles are internalized in society, acting as a sort of script which each sex unknowingly participates in. Because of the preconceived notions such as the “outlaw cowboy” or a “hell- raiser” (Pruitt, 2006), a male with a controversial opinion is seen in a much more forgiving light than that of females. When Willie Nelson voiced his concerns with his country's involvement in the war in Iraq (Iran) his opinion from country music fans were as follows: “lasting, creative and heartfelt" (Pruitt, 2007). However, when the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, addressed the same topic with a similar viewpoint her and her band were labelled as: “problematic women who are immoral, disloyal, and/or untrue.” (Pruitt, 2007). These attitudes further the divide between men and women. It supports the stigma that women are emotional, irrational and should be silenced. On the contrary, the attitudes towards men depict them as heros, fighting for a cause (Pruitt, 2007).
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