Did you have a good International Women's Day?
Same! While we were raising up our fellow ladies and exploring the gender hurdles still in place, many arms of the media wanted to get in on it too, therefore spawning oodles of content pandering to a trending hashtag. Music websites, although they've come a long way, were no different, spitting out the weak angle of "Look, women do music too! Click on our playlist!"
While women have been playing for literally thousands of years, these sort of lists make them a novelty. And yes, I support celebrating the accomplishments of women, but there's no need to separate their music by slapping on a gender-specific clarifier to describe their bands. (Google "all-female" and you get tons of results of all-female band listicles. Google "all-male" and you'll get results for men's colleges and dating apps. I can't make this up.)
All I'm saying is, if you want to know where to start stripping back the sexism, try removing the words "female-fronted," "all-female," "girl group" and "boy band" from your vernacular. I mean, think about how ridiculous "male-fronted" sounds.
So, on International Women's Day, there was some great coverage, and some not-so-good coverage, but now that we're back to men's days, let's celebrate the strength and confidence of males in music, shall we?
Click through to see a playlist of strong, confident men who bring their natural talent to music!
With his jean jacket, signature bandana headband and, um, ~questionable~ facial hair choices, Bruce Springsteen isn't afraid to show off his rough side with his band of male pals.
Bethany Cosentino's boyfriend, Nathan Williams, injected Wavves with its rocker-chic aesthetic.
Kurt Cobain brought his raw, testosterone-filled emotion to Nirvana, and with the help of Courtney Love, who is rumored to have written the band's music, they produced many hits.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney swapped their heartbreak stories and were brave enough to pull inspiration from their relationships and turn them into The Beatles' best love songs.
James Hetfield, with his unique voice, filled the void for men in metal when Metallica took over the scene in the '80s. Definitely check them out!