Editor’s note: This post was originally published in November 2014. We’ve selected it as one of the posts we’re republishing for our 10th anniversary celebrations in May 2017.
As long as there’s been music, there have been unpleasant lyrical descriptions based on the subject’s gender — songwriters have long been relying on stereotypes and/or on demonizing the opposite sex as a way of expressing their pain and heartbreak and resentment and whatever else is troubling them. None of this, of course, means that doing so is anything less than obnoxious, so as an exercise in symmetry, over the next couple of days, we’re looking at both misogyny and misandry (because, you know, that’s a real thing!) in music. First, then, the misogynist side of the equation.
Guns N Roses — “It’s So Easy”
The casual nihilism of a small-town Saturday night. The misogyny here is almost tangential to the general air of alienation, but it’s still very much present: “Turn around, bitch, I got a use for you/ Besides, you ain’t got nothing better to do/ And I’m bored.”