Saturday, 3 May 2014

Sisters are doin' it for themselves . . .

Originally released by The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin, this song has also been covered by The Pointer Sisters.  Tina Turner was not available at the time of recording to feature on the song, so the Queen of Soul was approached and she accepted the request.  Lucky for us, we get to enjoy the vocal stylings of Ms Aretha in this record.  Out of all of the cover versions that exist of this song (and there are some international renditions as well), this recording by Aretha and Annie is the most commercially successful.  But this isn't the only song they have collaborated on.  They both performed Chain of fools for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sisters are doin' it for themselves is every woman's anthem.
The feminist's answer to every chauvinistic claim that we are stepping out from behind men to claim our places as leaders in our own right.

Now there was a time when they used to say
That behind "every great man"
There had to be a "great woman"
But in these times of change you know
That it's no longer true
We're coming out of the kitchen 
'Cause there's something we forgot to say to you (and we say)

You're probably thinking, ok she's a raving feminist now.  I think I'm more of a - human rights and social justice-conscious person (although people would peg me as supporting cultural or feminist causes).  But that's not to say that I don't support those causes either - because I do.  I guess I'm not ok with labels and being locked into a box of someone else's design, especially if they are people who don't know me, or are limited by their own experiences in coming across people like me. . .

Now this is a song to celebrate
The conscious liberation of the female state
Mothers - daughters, and their daughters too
Woman to woman
We're singing with you

It's Mother's Day coming up and as much as we celebrate the warm fuzzies that having a mother or being a mother is, you can't deny the strength of a woman who is expected to be anything and everything for her entire family.  As well as sparing a thought for your own mother or series of mothers in your families (the aunts, grandmothers, sisters-in-law, cousins), think about all of the other mothers that you come into contact with on a daily basis in your job, who may act like mother figures to you because you've lost your own mother or even mothers you don't know on the street.

The inferior sex got a new exterior
We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too
Everybody take a look around
Can you see - can you see - can you see
There's a woman right next to you.

Celebrate the women in your life - they do so much more than you pay them credit for.
Happy Mother's Day to you and yours, and to everyone who misses their mother :-)