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Under My Thumb

Songs that hate women and the women who love them

Rhian Jones Eli Davis



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01 November 2018
Discussions and analyses of music - whether on TV, in books or in the music press - have always been full of the stories of men. When female fans appear in these stories it is often through the eyes and from the perspectives of men - as muses, groupies or fangirls - meaning that women's own experiences, ideas and arguments about the music they love are marginalised or glossed over. Women in music are frequently fetishised and objectified both in song lyrics and in real life, viewed purely in relation to men and through their impact on the male ego. But this hasn't stopped generations of women from loving, being moved by and critically appreciating music - however that music may feel about them. Under My Thumb: The Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them is a study of misogyny in music through the eyes of women. It brings together stories from music writers and fans about artists or songs they love despite their questionable or troubling gender politics, as well as looking at how these issues intersect with race, class and sexuality. This collection explores the joys of loving music and the tensions, contradictions and complexities it can involve. It is intended to be as much celebration as critique - a kind of feminist guilty pleasure.
By:   Rhian Jones, Eli Davis
Imprint:   Watkins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
ISBN:   9781910924617
ISBN 10:   191092461X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rhian E. Jones is former editor of New Left Project and author of Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars on Class and Gender and Petticoat Heroes. She writes for various publications including The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Morning Star. Eli Davies is a writer, researcher and teacher. She has written for various publications including Noisey and The F Word.

Reviews for Under My Thumb: Songs that hate women and the women who love them

Broad and interesting...a necessary and enlightening read. --The Wire

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