There are songs out there that are greatly underrated like, for example, this one.
You Don’t Own Me sung by Lesley Gore (when she was 17), written by John Madara & Dave White, two males. Not only was this song written years before the second wave of women’s rights & their wanting of social freedom started, but it was the very first of many songs that would be written in response to such wants that already should’ve been rights to women.
This song is an example of threatened emancipation from common stereotypes of the devoted housewife who cleaned, cared for children, shopped, and got dinners down and ready for “their men”. The lyrics became an inspiration for younger women and played a major factor in the rise of the second wave of the feminist movement.
Along with Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique (which was published shortly before this song’s release), this song can be considered one of the many artistic works that helped begin the Women’s Liberation Movement. This song is one of the very first in which a woman demands her independence from her man.
John Madara said of the song in the Forgotten Hits newsletter: “Our original intent was to write a song with a woman telling a man off: ‘Don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say.’ Though we didn’t realize it at the time that it would become a woman’s anthem, it definitely was our intention to have a woman make a statement.”
We not only need to stop stereotypical comments from being said and stop our younger generations of males to believing these disgusting comments (such as that women belong in the kitchen, getting asked if we’re on our period by a male when we seem upset/mad, etc.), but we need to stop all social/cultural/etc. stereotypes of women from existing that make us look like over emotional women who don’t have the power to defend ourselves. We need to work on improving our rights of sexuality, wanting a family or not, and most especially (in my opinion) reproductive & official legal inequalities and our rights to be paid the same and given the same opportunities as men in our workplace.
The majority of women/girl here are young teens to twenty year olds and maybe a little older. We have the ability to make a change if we just try our hardest, do as much as possible, and encourage other women/girls our age.
To show how great the song did at it’s time, it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in the US right behind The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand.
I honestly thought that at least a few more people would be interested in one of the first songs about wanting to be free to do what a woman wants. In the sixties.