WBEZ | Katy Perry http://www.wbez.org/tags/katy-perry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Five myths about feminism http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/five-myths-about-feminism-106826 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/taylor%20swift.jpg" title="Taylor Swift doesn't want you calling her a feminist. (Jezebel)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Female superstars like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Beyoncé want to empower young girls and be champions for women everywhere. Just don&#39;t call them feminists.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">When asked if they considered themselves feminists, they all balked at the term:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><blockquote><p>&quot;I don&#39;t really think about things as guys versus girls.&quot; &mdash; Taylor Swift,<em> <a href="http://jezebel.com/5953879/dont-go-calling-taylor-swift-a-feminist-says-taylor-swift" target="_blank">The Daily Beast</a></em></p><p>&quot;I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have label yourself as anything? I&#39;m just a woman, and I love being a woman.&quot; &mdash; Beyoncé, <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/04/beyonc-is-a-feminist-i-guess.html" target="_blank"><em>Vogue UK</em></a></p><p>&quot;I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.&quot; &mdash; Katy Perry, Billboard&#39;s &quot;<a href="http://noisey.vice.com/blog/katy-perry-billboards-woman-of-the-year-wants-you-to-know-shes-not-a-feminist-and-why-that-matters" target="_blank">Woman of the Year</a>&quot;</p></blockquote><p>All of these statements are non-answers that completely miss the point. By <a href="http://www.google.com/#hl=en&amp;sclient=psy-ab&amp;q=definition+feminism&amp;oq=definition+feminism&amp;gs_l=hp.3..0l3j0i22i30.1842.5352.2.5551.;pbx=1&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&amp;bvm=bv.45645796,d.aWM&amp;fp=f850d64596a94878&amp;biw=1220&amp;bih=603" target="_blank">definiton</a><a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism" target="_blank">,</a> feminism is &quot;the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.&quot; So if you &quot;believe in equality&quot; and &quot;the strength of women,&quot; then you are, in fact, a feminist. Why hem and haw around the question? Honestly, I don&#39;t think that these women have any idea what feminism actually is.</p><p>Say what you will about the &quot;adorkable&quot; Zooey Deschanel, but at least she has the balls to openly declare her feminism, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/04/zooey_deschanel_declares_her_feminism/" target="_blank">unlike most Hollywood starlets</a> these days:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can&#39;t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f-cking feminist and wear a f-cking Peter Pan collar. So f-cking what?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>A modern aversion to the word &quot;feminism&quot; may stem from <a href="http://womenshistory.about.com/od/mythsofwomenshistory/a/bra_burning.htm" target="_blank">old myths</a> about the women&#39;s movement that still exist today (&quot;I&#39;m not a feminist because I&#39;m not a bra-burning, man-hating megabitch, etc.&quot;) and, in my opinion, should be myth-busted immediately.</p><p>Here are a few common misconceptions about feminism that are simply <a href="http://community.feministing.com/2010/08/09/myths-about-feminism-among-the-younger-generation/" target="_blank">not true</a>:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Myth #1: Feminists hate men.</strong></p><p>Feminism is about equality, not the superiority of one sex over another. Patriarchy can be <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/12/on-shoveling-snow-and-how-patriarchy-hurts-men.html" target="_blank">just as damaging to men</a> as it is to women (encouraging an &quot;alpha-male&quot; mentality, instructing boys never to cry or show emotions, etc.); so, by that rationale, men can be feminists too. Feminism isn&#39;t about shifting blame or shoehorning all of the world&#39;s problems onto men. It&#39;s about identifying areas of inequality and working together to fix them.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Myth #2: Feminists don&#39;t believe in marriage.</strong></p><p>Contrary to popular belief, not all feminists are bitter old spinsters, mannish lesbians or ice-queen CEOs who only care about climbing the corporate ladder. Just because you want to get married one day (to a man or a woman) does not mean that you care any less about women&#39;s equality at home or in the workplace.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Myth #3: Feminists are pro-abortion, bra-burning, bleeding heart liberals.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Yes, feminists tend to be more liberal than conservative, and collectively pro-choice for the most part. However, you don&#39;t have to vote Democrat to support women&#39;s equality, and defending a woman&#39;s right to choose does not make you &quot;pro-abortion.&quot; The key word here is <em>choice</em>, and that&#39;s the true beauty of feminism. Choosing to be a stay-at-home mom or dad doesn&#39;t make you any less of a feminist, just like choosing not to have children doesn&#39;t make you any less of a woman or man. Also, those &quot;hairy-legged women libbers&quot; of the sixties <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94240375" target="_blank">never burned their bras</a> in protest. True story.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Myth #4: Feminists are offended by any gesture of gallantry. </strong></p><p>I like when men open doors for me. It&#39;s a nice break from having them slammed in my face. Feminists may have introduced the idea of splitting the check (and treating our partners to dinner every now and then) but that doesn&#39;t mean we hate chivalry and romantic gestures as a whole. I appreciate when a guy offers to pay for dinner or insists on driving me home; however, I always make sure to return the favor at some point. As long as there&#39;s equality and balance in the relationship, then a feminist couple can take care of each other in whichever way feels right for them.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Myth #5: Feminists may have been necessary in the past, but we don&#39;t need them anymore.</strong></p><p>We&#39;ve come along way since the fight for women&#39;s suffrage and Roe v. Wade, but we still need feminism, both in the United States and around the world. Rape and victim-blaming, child brides, sex trafficking, genital mutiliation and disfigurement, honor killings, forced prostitution, infanticide of female babies in countries like China and India, domestic violence and other crimes against women are as <a href="http://listverse.com/2013/03/16/10-reasons-we-still-need-feminism/" target="_blank">rampant as ever</a>. The struggle for equality continues on, and feminists will not rest until every woman has the inalienable rights and freedoms that she deserves.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/five-myths-about-feminism-106826 Eminem gets 10 nods 10 years after he mattered (and other dubious wonders in the 2010 Grammy nominations) http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/eminem-gets-10-nods-10-years-after-he-mattered-and-other-dubious-wonders-2010-gra <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//eminem grammy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="400" width="522" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/eminem grammy.jpg" /></p><p>&nbsp;With their stated mission &ldquo;to honor artistic achievement... without regard to album sales or chart position&rdquo; once again more of an ideal than a reality, Grammy sponsors the Recording Academy have announced the nominees for the 53rd annual awards, the most prestigious if chronically misguided in the music industry.</p><p>Topping the list of multiple nominees with a number that puts him among such Grammy favorites as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt&mdash;even though his last album &ldquo;Recovery&rdquo; <a href="../../../../../jderogatis/2010/06/album-review-eminem-recovery/28132">was one of the most mediocre of his controversial but platinum-selling career</a>&mdash;Eminem garnered 10 nods, including the most prestigious, album of the year, as well as two more of the &ldquo;big four&rdquo; prizes, record and song of the year (for &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie&rdquo; featuring Rihanna).</p> <p>The rest of the album of the year contenders are divided between worthy contenders&mdash;orchestral-popsters Arcade Fire (for &ldquo;The Suburbs&rdquo;) and pop phenom Lady Gaga (for &ldquo;The Fame Monster&rdquo;)&mdash;and sheer commercial pabulum (country-pop merchants Lady Antebellum for &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; and Katy Perry for &ldquo;Teenage Dream&rdquo;).</p> <p>Trailing Marshall Mathers with seven nominations is pop producer, singer, and songwriter Bruno Mars. Hip-hop CEO Jay-Z and the aforementioned Ladies, Antebellum and Gaga, each claimed six Grammy nods, while five nominations apiece went to the venerable guitar hero Jeff Beck, B.O.B (a.k.a. rapper Bobby Ray Simmons), easy-listening soul man John Legend, rising pop/R&amp;B star Philip Lawrence, and classical music producer David Frost.</p> <p>Completing the roster for record of the year (which is awarded to the artist and producer) along with Eminem are B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars (&ldquo;Nothin&rsquo; On You&rdquo;), the indomitable Cee Lo Green (&ldquo;F*** You&rdquo;), Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (&ldquo;Empire State Of Mind&rdquo;), and Lady Antebellum (&ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo;).</p> <p>And joining Slim Shady in competition for song of the year (which is awarded to the songwriter) are Ray LaMontagne (&ldquo;Beg Steal Or Borrow&rdquo;), Cee Lo with &ldquo;F*** You&rdquo; again, tunesmiths Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who wrote &ldquo;The House That Built Me&rdquo; for Miranda Lambert, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott, who wrote &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; for Lady Antebellum.</p> <p>Then, of course, there is the always laughable best new artist prize, whose contenders this year are bad-haircut pop hearthrob Justin Bieber, hip-popper Drake, Florence &amp; the Machine, Mumford &amp; Sons, and Esperanza Spalding.</p> <p>The Chicago chapter of the Recording Academy will release its tally of local artists honored with nominations later today, and we&rsquo;ll duly post it. But a quick scan of the complete list indicates a real shortage of hometown talent, save for the dubious inclusion of fading but acquitted R&amp;B superstar R. Kelly, who was nominated for best contemporary R&amp;B album (&ldquo;Untitled&rdquo;) and best traditional R&amp;B vocal performance, and one minor nomination each for the American treasure Mavis Staples and wayward hip-hop hero Common.</p> <p>The full list of nominees in all of the 7,894 categories (give or take) <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees">can be found online here.</a> Meanwhile, a look at some of the other key categories follows below. And the golden gramophones themselves will be given out on Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during a ceremony televed on CBS and theoretically lasting 3&frac12; hours, though it will of course feel three times as long.</p> <p><strong>Best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Stop Believin&rsquo; (Regionals Version)&rdquo; &mdash; the cast of &ldquo;Glee&rdquo;; &ldquo;Misery&rdquo; &mdash; Maroon 5; &ldquo;The Only Exception&rdquo; &mdash; Paramore; &ldquo;Babyfather&rdquo; &mdash; Sade; &ldquo;Hey, Soul Sister (Live)&rdquo; &mdash; Train.</p> <p><strong>Best pop collaboration with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Airplanes II&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B, Eminem &amp; Hayley Williams; &ldquo;Imagine&rdquo; &mdash; Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck &amp; Oumou Sangare; &ldquo;If It Wasn&rsquo;t For Bad&rdquo; &mdash; Elton John &amp; Leon Russell; &ldquo;Telephone&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Gaga &amp; Beyoncé; California Gurls&rdquo; &mdash; Katy Perry &amp; Snoop Dogg.</p> <p><strong>Best dance recording</strong>: &ldquo;Rocket&rdquo; &mdash; Goldfrapp; &ldquo;In For The Kill&rdquo; &mdash; La Roux; &ldquo;Dance In The Dark&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Gaga; &ldquo;Only Girl (In The World)&rdquo; &mdash; Rihanna; &ldquo;Dancing On My Own&rdquo; &mdash; Robyn.</p> <p><strong>Best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Ready To Start&rdquo; &mdash; Arcade Fire; &ldquo;I Put A Spell On You&rdquo; &mdash; Jeff Beck &amp; Joss Stone; &ldquo;Tighten Up&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys; &ldquo;Radioactive&rdquo; &mdash; Kings Of Leon; &ldquo;Resistance&rdquo; &mdash; Muse.</p> <p><strong>Best hard rock performance</strong>: &ldquo;A Looking In View&rdquo; &mdash; Alice In Chains; &ldquo;Let Me Hear You Scream&rdquo; &mdash; Ozzy Osbourne; &ldquo;Black Rain&rdquo; &mdash; Soundgarden; &ldquo;Between the Lines&rdquo; &mdash; Stone Temple Pilots; &ldquo;New Fang&rdquo; &mdash; Them Crooked Vultures.</p> <p><strong>Best rock song</strong>: &ldquo;Angry World&rdquo; &mdash; Neil Young; &ldquo;Little Lion Man&rdquo; &mdash; Mumford &amp; Sons; &ldquo;Radioactive&rdquo; &mdash; Kings Of Leon; &ldquo;Resistance&rdquo; &mdash; Muse; &ldquo;Tighten Up&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys.</p> <p><strong>Best alternative music album</strong>: &ldquo;The Suburbs&rdquo; &mdash; Arcade Fire; &ldquo;Infinite Arms&rdquo; &mdash; Band Of Horses; &ldquo;Brothers&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys; &ldquo;Broken Bells&rdquo; &mdash; Broken Bells; &ldquo;Contra&rdquo; &mdash; Vampire Weekend.</p> <p><strong>Best R&amp;B performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Take My Time&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown &amp; Tank; &ldquo;Love&rdquo; &mdash; Chuck Brown, Jill Scott &amp; Marcus Miller; &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve Got A Friend&rdquo; &mdash; Ronald Isley &amp; Aretha Franklin; &ldquo;Shine&rdquo; &mdash; John Legend &amp; the Roots; &ldquo;Soldier Of Love&rdquo; &mdash; Sade.</p> <p><strong>Best contemporary R&amp;B album</strong>: &ldquo;Graffiti&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown; &ldquo;Untitled&rdquo; &mdash; R. Kelly; &ldquo;Transition&rdquo; &mdash; Ryan Leslie; &ldquo;The ArchAndroid&rdquo; &mdash; Janelle Monáe; &ldquo;Raymond V Raymond&rdquo; &mdash; Usher.</p> <p><strong>Best rap/sung collaboration</strong>: &ldquo;Nothin&rsquo; On You&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars; &ldquo;Deuces&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown, Tyga &amp; Kevin McCall; &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie&rdquo; &mdash; Eminem &amp; Rihanna; &ldquo;Empire State Of Mind&rdquo; &mdash; Jay-Z &amp; Alicia Keys; &ldquo;Wake Up! Everybody&rdquo; &mdash; John Legend, the Roots, Melanie Fiona &amp; Common.</p> <p><strong>Best rap album</strong>: &ldquo;The Adventures of Bobby Ray&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B; &ldquo;Thank Me Later&rdquo; &mdash; Drake; &ldquo;Recovery&rdquo; &mdash; Eminem; &ldquo;The Blueprint 3&rdquo; &mdash; Jay-Z; &ldquo;How I Got Over&rdquo; &mdash; the Roots.</p> <p><strong>Best country song</strong>: &ldquo;The Breath You Take&rdquo; &mdash;George Strait; &ldquo;Free&rdquo; &mdash; Zac Brown Band; &ldquo;The House That Built Me&rdquo; Miranda Lambert; &ldquo;I&rsquo;d Love to be Your Last&rdquo; &mdash;Gretchen Wilson; &ldquo;If I Die Young&rdquo; &mdash;The Band Perry; &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; &mdash;Lady Antebellum.</p> <p><strong>Best country album</strong>: &ldquo;Up On the Ridge&rdquo; &mdash; Dierks Bentley; &ldquo;You Get What You Give&rdquo; &mdash; Zac Brown Band; &ldquo;The Guitar Song&rdquo; &mdash; Jamey Johnson; &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Antebellum; &ldquo;Revolution&rdquo; &mdash; Miranda Lambert.</p> <p><strong>Best Americana album</strong>: &ldquo;The List&rdquo; &mdash; Rosanne Cash; &ldquo;Tin Can Trust&rdquo; &mdash; Los Lobos; &ldquo;Country Music&rdquo; &mdash; Willie Nelson; &ldquo;Band Of Joy&rdquo; &mdash; Robert Plant; &ldquo;You Are Not Alone&rdquo; &mdash; Mavis Staples.</p> <p><strong>Best traditional blues album</strong>: &ldquo;Giant&rdquo; &mdash; James Cotton; &ldquo;Memphis Blues&rdquo; &mdash; Cyndi Lauper; &ldquo;The Well&rdquo; &mdash; Charlie Musselwhite; &ldquo;Joined at the Hip&rdquo; &mdash; Pinetop Perkins &amp; Willie &ldquo;Big Eyes&rdquo; Smith; &ldquo;Plays Blues, Ballads &amp; Favorites&rdquo; &mdash; Jimmie Vaughan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/eminem-gets-10-nods-10-years-after-he-mattered-and-other-dubious-wonders-2010-gra Sound Opinions' annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot http://www.wbez.org/story/bettye-lavette/sound-opinions-annual-thanksgiving-turkey-shoot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//turkeyshoot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s time for the annual Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. It&rsquo;s the perfect way to say thanks&hellip;thanks that we never have to listen to the year&rsquo;s biggest musical turkeys again. There are plenty of lousy records released each year, but calling some of those out would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Since we&rsquo;re shooting turkeys here, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot only pick out albums that they expected to be much better. Here are this year&rsquo;s biggest disappointments:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span class="ds10">Jim</span></strong> <strong>DeRogatis</strong><br /> Tom Petty, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/238"><span class="ds7">Mojo</span></a><br /> Sleigh Bells,<span class="ds7"> <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/236">Treats</a></span><br /> Christina Aguilera, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/239"><span class="ds7">Bionic</span><br /> <br /> </a><strong><span class="ds10">Greg Kot</span></strong><br /> Kings of Leon, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/256" target="_blank"><span class="ds7">Come Around Sundown</span></a><br /> Bettye LaVette, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/235" target="_blank"><span class="ds7">Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook</span></a><br /> Peter Gabriel, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/223" target="_blank"><span class="ds7">Scratch My Back</span><br /> </a><br /> Jim and Greg next hand the rifles over to some of our listeners. They take down these turkeys:<br /> <br /> Kyle from Minneapolis, MN: Joanna Newsome, <a href="http://www.dragcity.com/products/have-one-on-me" target="_blank"><span class="ds7">Have One On Me</span></a><br /> Lynn from Alpharetta, GA: Katy Perry, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/249"><span class="ds7">Teenage Dream</span></a><br /> Corey from Adel, IA: Johnny Cash, <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/cm/reviews/show/222"><span class="ds7">American VI: Ain&rsquo;t No Grave</span></a></p><p><span class="ds7">Songs featured include:</span></p><p>Clinic, &ldquo;Walking With Thee&rdquo; Walking With Thee, Domino, 2002<br /> Steve Earle, &ldquo;Guitar Town&rdquo; Guitar Town, MCA, 1986<br /> Ohio Players, &ldquo;Jive Turkey&rdquo; Skin Tight, Mercury, 1974<br /> Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, &ldquo;Jefferson Jericho Blues&rdquo; Mojo, Reprise, 2010<br /> Kings of Leon, &ldquo;Molly&rsquo;s Chambers&rdquo; Youth and Young Manhood, RCA, 2003<br /> Kings of Leon, &ldquo;Birthday&rdquo; Come Around Sundown, RCA, 2010<br /> Sleigh Bells, &ldquo;Riot Rhythm&rdquo; Treats, Mom + Pop/N.E.E.T., 2010<br /> The Soft Boys, &ldquo;Cold Turkey&rdquo; A Can of Bees, Two Crabs Universal, 1979<br /> XTC, &ldquo;The Disappointed&rdquo; Nonsuch, Virgin, 1992<br /> Joanna Newsom, &ldquo;&rsquo;81&rdquo; Have One On Me, Drag City, 2010<br /> Katy Perry &ldquo;Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)&rdquo; Teenage Dream, Capitol, 2010<br /> Johnny Cash, &ldquo;Ain&rsquo;t No Grave&rdquo; American VI: Ain&rsquo;t No Grave, American/Lost Highway, 2010<br /> Johnny Cash, &ldquo;Hurt&rdquo; American IV: The Man Comes Around, American/Universal, 2002<br /> Bettye Lavette, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Let Me Be Misunderstood&rdquo; Interpretations, Anti-, 2010<br /> Christina Aguilera, &ldquo;Not Myself Tonight&rdquo; Bionic, RCA, 2010<br /> Peter Gabriel, &ldquo;Heroes&rdquo; Scratch My Back, Real World/Virgin, 2010<br /> Bob Dylan, &ldquo;Turkey Chase&rdquo; Pat Garrett &amp; Billy the Kid, Columbia, 1973</p></p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bettye-lavette/sound-opinions-annual-thanksgiving-turkey-shoot