The title of this post is going to contradict my post from two days ago titled ‘Controversy in Country Music’, but that’s what writing is about – challenging opinions and perceptions in order to unveil new perspectives. It is always beneficial to challenge your own beliefs of something in order to gain progression and insight about certain topics, which is what this post does for me personally.
I want to discuss the ways in which country music has taken a positive and refreshing new approach to the topic of women in its songs. A large component of country music songs are disrespectful to women in the sense that their presence is hyper sexualized and they are recognized for nothing more than their bodies. When women are mentioned in country music, they tend to be inferior to the male, and they are described in a manner that objectifies them, their descriptions typically abiding by characteristics such as their long, tan legs, cut-off jean shorts and blonde hair. So, when Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line began to alter this stereotypical image of women in their songs, I was delighted.
Thomas Rhett’s song ‘Die A Happy Man’ and Florida Georgia Line’s newest single ‘H.O.L.Y.’ are two examples of country music songs that discuss the presence of women in an appreciative and respectful manner. Rhett’s ‘Die A Happy Man’ is about his wife Lauren, and the lyrics are beautiful in their emotional and passionate description of her. Florida Georgia Line’s ‘H.O.L.Y’ is about the duos wives, Brittney and Hayley, and the title of the song is actually an acronym for their love for their wives, it meaning High On Loving You. Can we just take a moment to recognize how darn sweet these men are?
With the progression in gender equality made in recent years, I think these lads are definitely moving in the right direction with their music. Perhaps their songs will be an example to other artists who may potentially follow their lead when discussing women in their music as well.