For eons it has been preached that sex, rock and roll and a casual disregard for basic hygiene are the pillars on which masculinity is built. BTS’ presence on the global stage means that the world is finally ready to accept ideas of masculinity that differ from what we have been fed over the years.
The penalty for “failing” a virginity test can be steep. In Afghanistan, for instance, where premarital sex is a crime, until 2018 the law stated that women and girls could be incarcerated for up to three months for failing virginity tests. In some extreme cases, young women who have failed virginity tests have taken their own lives or been murdered by their own family members for violating their family’s honor.
At its core, country’s male domination of summer festivals and tours is a byproduct of the lack of airplay for women on country radio. If female artists aren’t charting hits (or charting at all), they don’t have the familiarity that makes them favorable for booking. But it’s a chicken-and-the-egg scenario, too. If women aren’t on those stages, they have trouble building the fan base and name recognition needed to motivate programmers to play their music.
A quick rundown of the most prominent 26 major labels in the U.S. and U.K. (all owned by Universal, Sony or Warner) shows that female executives run or co-run just four of them, or 15%. Universal, Sony and Warner all pledge that they’re making significant changes to improve their gender pay gaps in the coming years – and recognize that they must do more to promote female talent to the summit of their organizations.
By and large, older establishment liberals, particularly women, have been most vocal in their defense of him. And their argument seems to be predicated on the idea that Biden’s alleged behavior, while somewhat more demonstrative than that of the average politician, does not constitute sexual harassment, let alone sexual assault; nor is it egregious enough to merit punishment.
Perhaps above all else, the Ladyboss is resistant to being called out on her behavior. Whatever form her punitive and self-serving behavior comes in — calculating passive aggression, teeth-gnashing fits of anger, forcing her employees to clean her improvised salad utensils — she will not atone for it, because being a Ladyboss means never having to say you’re sorry. Instead, she will justify it by invoking an argument that would, in virtually almost any other context, probably be accurate: that if a man behaved the same way she did, he wouldn’t get called out on it.
"Songwriters tell our stories, they sing who we are as people – don't we all want to hear from all of us?," she added, before citing artists whose protest songs continue to fuel "today's battle for civil rights," including Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Buffy St. Marie, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin. Keys tied their contributions to the newer generation who carry their message forward, including Mary J. Blige, Sia, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, Solange, Janelle Monáe and H.E.R., all of whom are "female writers who are running with that torch today and lifting all of us up."