This past Wednesday I was delivering flowers in a big white van, the kind of van you might associate with crooks. I had forgotten my ski mask, so I was not able to delve in to any of that funny business, but I did turn on the radio and listen to some country music. This is a normal activity for me, and it is part of the reason I have a section on this blog that highlights country music on Fridays: to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of the much-maligned genre. Spoiler alert: today we are covering the bad and ugly.

After having switched the radio station to Froggy, 100.9 FM, I was quickly acquainted with a new song. Country stations tend to have approximately twenty-five songs in rotation at a given time, so hearing a fresh jam is something of a rare occurrence. This new song started off like so:

“Somebody’s got to wear a pretty skirt,

Somebody’s got to be the one to flirt, 

Somebody’s got to want to hold his hand,

So God made girls.” 

I laughed out loud. I was pumped: more satire, offering social commentary on the world-class misogyny that has so hijacked modern country! The song continued.

“Somebody’s got to make him get dressed up,

Give him a reason to wash his truck,

Somebody’s got to teach him how to dance,

So God made girls.” 

I must admit, at this point I was worried, but still praying that the song was, in fact, ironic.

The verdict: it’s absolutely not. Here is RaeLynn describing how she and her record label choose “God Made Girls” to be her first single: “we wanted to go with a girl empowerment song.”

I would love to tell you she followed that up by saying, “…but we ended up with this song that seems to have been written in chicken scrawl, on tree bark, by a house wife living in the Jamestown colony,” but unfortunately she seems to genuinely think this song contains a strong, feminist message to young women across the world. In the same interview she said:

“There’s just something so special about ‘God Made Girls,’ it comes from a girl’s perspective and there’s nothing like that on radio right now, and so I think that’s what made us able to pick that song as a single.”

You are probably hoping I just took the lyrics out of context and that there is a point to be made in her defense, and this is a unique song from a woman’s perspective that is dedicated to the empowerment of females. I’ll let you listen to the song, watch the music video (!), and then we can talk:

GOD BLESS GOD FOR CREATIN US WIMIN SO THAT MEN HAVE WIMIN TO BOSS AROUND N STUFF. ITS A MANS WORLD HONEY YOUR GOING TO FIND THAT OUT FAST SO BUCKLE UP 4 THE RIDE AND LETS GO PUT ON PRETTY SKIRTS AND FLIRT WITH MEN AND HOPE THEY WILL BE NICE ENUFF TO LET US COOK THEM DINNER. BECUZ WE ARE M-POWERED WIMIN AND GOD MADE US THAT WAY SO WE MIGHT AS WELL ACT M-POWERED TOO.

Happy Country Friday.