Category Archives: Classes

4/17 Women in Contemporary Pop Music

Women in contemporary pop music – Pop singers and 21st-century feminism

Reading: Camille Paglia, “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women,”, 6 December 2012:
Ramin Setoodeh, “Taylor Swift Dishes on Her New Album ‘Red,’ Dating, Heartbreak, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’,”, 22 October 2012:

Viewing: Katy Perry accepting Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” award in 2012:

Listening: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”


4/15 Women in Art Music Today

Women in art music today – Living women composers

Reading: Kristin Kuster, “Taking Off My Pants,” New York Times “Opinionator” blog, 17 July 2013:
Amy Beth Kirsten, “The ‘Woman Composer’ Is Dead,”, 19 March 2012:

Listening: TBD [Class selections of music by living women composers]


4/10 Gender in Heavy Metal and Rap

Gender in Heavy Metal and Rap – Misogyny in Music Video

Reading: Excerpts from Walser, Running with the Devil: Gender and Power in Heavy Metal Music and Weitzer/Kubrin, “Misogyny in Rap Music : A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings”

Viewing: Watch a selection of the videos linked on Blackboard

Listening: Kanye, “Gold Digger”
Queen Latifah, “Ladies First”


4/8 Women and Rock and Roll

Women and Rock and Roll – Fans and Groupies

Reading: Maura Johnson, “How Not to Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide” Village Voice blog, 10 Feburary 2012 (
Mavis Bayton, “Women and the Electric Guitar”

Listening: TBD


4/3 Pop Music and Second-Wave Feminism

Pop Music and Second-Wave Feminism – Interpreting Pop Music

Reading: Gillian Gaar, Excerpt from “Hear Me Roar” in She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll
Dan Kois, “Free to Be,” Slate, 22 October 2012 (

Listening: Lesley Gore “You Don’t Own Me”
Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman”
Loretta Lynn, “The Pill”
Excerpts from Marlo Thomas and Friends, Free to Be You and Me

4/1 Women in Blues and Jazz

4/1 – Women in Blues and Jazz – Black feminist criticism

Reading: Hazel Carby, “‘It Jus’ Be’s Dat Way Sometime’: The Sexual Politics of Women’s Blues”

Listening: Clara Smith, “Freight Train Blues”
Bessie Smith, “In House Blues”
Ma Rainey, “Sweet Rough Man”
Ethel Waters, “No Man’ Mama Now”
Ida Cox, “One Hour Mama”