EJ Plays: You Don’t Own Me

If you’ve grown sick with disappointment, disillusionment, and anger created by the deluge of unacceptable behaviour from the political and (pseudo-)talented elite, then I might have just the remedy for you…

Although intended to be used for short-term relief, full playlist intake is recommended at height of:

  • Indignation,
  • Inertia,
  • Inferiority,
  • General bewilderment,
  • All of the above.

The structure of the playlist intends to, firstly, indulge negative feelings as the situation permits, taking advantage of the opportunity to scream and stamp and sob to heart’s content; and to secondly, mobilise antipathy towards a place of effective action.

Whether this involves lobbying for equal pay, supporting sexual abuse survivors, or simply loving yourself in spite of the pressure to be skinnier/curvier/paler/sexier/darker/shorter/funnier etc. the list goes on.

If, in order to mobilise oneself to the pinnacle efficaciousness, one requires an antagonised frame of mind, playlist intake should be in reverse.

If, in these messy times, one is themselves experiencing feelings of frustration, anger and uncertainty, shuffle playlist, chant “FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!” 3 times looking into a mirror, and the spirit of Frida Kahlo will appear offering great wisdom and brows galore.

 

Track listing and a few choice lyrics…

 

Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents: The Anthology

 

C.O.W. (Conspiracy of Women)

pettybone – From Desperate Times Come Radical Minds

We will find our own space to evade

We will take the passivity and tear it apart

We will do our thing rather than waiting”

 

You are the Problem Here

First Aid Kit – You are the Problem Here

 

You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo (feat. Ice Cube)

Yo-Yo, Ice Cube – Make Way For The Motherlode

“Check the booty, yo, it’s kind of soft and

If you touch it, you living in a coffin (word to mother)”

 

Yuk Foo

Wolf Alice – Visions of  Life

 

Straight Outta Vagina (feat. Desi Mo & Leikeli47)

Pussy Riot – xxx

My pussy, my pussy

Is sweet just like a cookie

It goes to work, it makes the beats

It’s C.E.O., no rookie”

 

Rebel Girl

Bikini Kill – The Punk Singer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

Bloody Mother F***ing Asshole

Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright (Special Edition)

“You bloody mother f***ing asshole”

 

You Don’t Own Me

Lesley Gore – Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts

 

Who’s Sorry Now

Angel Olsen – Who’s Sorry Now

 

Sheela-Na-Gig

PJ Harvey – Dry

“Gonna wash that man right out of my hair”

 

Slutmouth

Girlpool – Girlpool

 

Modern Girl

Sleater-Kinney – The Woods

“My baby loves me, I’m so happy

Happy makes me a modern”

 

Hard Out Here

Lily Allen – Sheezus

 

Feeling Myself

Nicki Minaj, Beyonce – The Pinkprint

“I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my

Feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my, feelin’ my

Feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my

Feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my”

 

Don’t Touch My Hair

Solange, Sampha – A Seat At The Table

 

No Scrubs

TLC – Fanmail

 

Roar

Katy Perry – Prism

“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath

Scared to rock the boat and make a mess”

 

Sister Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Eurythmics, Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits

 

Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

Are we a lost generation of our people?

Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal

She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel

So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?”

 

Emily Earp

 

If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by sexual abuse and/or is struggling with mental health difficulties, here is a list of helplines for support, advice, and information.

http://thesurvivorstrust.org/national-helplines/

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

https://rapecrisis.org.uk/contact.php

https://www.survivorsuk.org/contact-us/

https://www.rcne.com/contact/

 

WE DO NOT OWN THE PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN THE FEATURED IMAGE BANNER

 

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