"If I wanna take a guy home with me tonight, it’s none of your business." Another song sticking its middle finger up to any man trying to judge or tell a woman to act in a certain way, but this comes in the form of a '90s hip-hop duo, rather than an '80s punk rock band.
Clair Boucher, a.k.a Grimes, is one hell of a lady (at least that’s what my extensive googling of her tells me), and her baby-voiced singing style accompanied by her ambient flow is always a pleasure to enjoy. This song specifically is especially important though, as she wrote it about the anxiety she felt after experiencing a sexual assault.
Fugazi’s lyrics were on point and it doesn’t get better than this, from the D.C. hardcore band's 1988 debut EP. Ian MacKaye belts, "She does nothing to deserve it / He looks at her cause he wants to observe it / We keep quiet like they taught us." There’s something really great about hearing these words from a man’s voice. And on top of that, it’s just a sick song. Also awesome is this live version sung by Dischord's Amy Pickering, who, on her first day of work at the label, tore down a sign reading NO SKIRTS ALLOWED.
It doesn't get more poignant and charming than a chorus asking, "Who do you think you are standing there talking rude with your crew, just cause when I walk my big booty ass goes boom, boom, boom, boom?" Lorna King uses this incredibly upbeat, happy summer reggae song from 2008 to royally rip the piss out of her harassers.
Amanda Palma singing about how great pubic hair is. Simply put, my life is complete.
"WHO YOU CALLIN A BITCH?" Every time I hear this song, I feel fucking great. Latifah's hit in '93 takes us back to an age of hip-hop that stood up for something real—and did it with style. While we don't condone violence, we would understand if this song got you going hard enough to beat down the next perve that gets in your face.