Although I used to wonder why female stars are usually so reluctant to identify as feminists, I figured out that it’s because they don’t want to be pigeonholed in the lesbian genre. Sure, it works fine for real lesbians like Tracy Chapman (I actually like her music myself), but it didn’t turn out very well for the Dixie Chicks.
Now Lorde, the young thing of the moment, looks poised to become the next target of lesbian adulation. I’d never heard of her until I recently heard her song “Royals,” in which she demands to rule over her lover and be a queen (so much for “gender equality”), which evidently intoxicates her:
…Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.
Ooh ooh oh
We’re bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I’m in love with being queen…
You can watch it on YouTube to hear Lorde’s fantasies out loud.
So now, unsurprisingly, Lorde has come out to call feminism “just part of being a girl,” and “completely natural.” The 17-year-old has also been attacking other singers for being “antifeminist.”
How did Lorde, AKA Ella Yelich-O’Connor, come to hold such “progressive,” feminist ideals? As I suspected, it’s her mother, Sonja Yelich, a New Zealand woman who got a $40k/year (NZ dollars) non-profit poetry grant to write stuff like this:
Arthritis the elephant
The man said he would pay happily full price.
And you said that will be fine thanks &
would you be after a receipt.
The man said he was not sure what
he would be after or before & gee
what’s up with all the questions.
So you had to say don’t forget your
change under the grill sir. & the talk
went back & forward through the no-smash glass.
Then he said maps! He would be needing a
map of the zoo to get around with. And you
had to ask for extra to the first. & that was it between you…
I get the feeling Lorde’s mother must be writing her lyrics. The quality looks about the same in both of the above cuts.
I really have no idea where Lorde is going from here; maybe she’ll be the next Madonna (yeah, right), or maybe she’ll end up playing to lesbian crowds alongside the Dixie Chicks. But we can be sure about one thing: she’s already politicized herself, and that isn’t something you want to do at the beginning of your career.
If you wonder why I care about this subject at all, the answer is simple: I have a seven-year-old daughter.