Things I dislike (and other people think I’m crazy for it): the Rolling Stones

If you haven't noticed, I'm a girl.  So it only makes sense that I have a problem with misogynistic bullshit, right?  Right.

Rolling Stones, enter stage left.

Have you really listened to their songs?  I mean really listened?  The total disregard they have for women is apparent in every song I'm going to list here.  I'll start with "Under My Thumb" because it's the one that first made me say, "What the hell?"

It's down to me. The difference in the clothes she wears. Down to me, the change has come, She's under my thumb.... The squirmin' dog who's just had her day. Under my thumb A girl who has just changed her ways. It's down to me, yes it is The way she does just what she's told... Yeah, it feels alright  Under my thumb Her eyes are just kept to herself. Under my thumb, well I, I can still look at someone else.  It's down to me, oh that's what I said The way she talks when she's spoken to. Down to me, the change has come, She's under my thumb.

So basically, this dude has taken this girl and changed her into a total submissive.  He compares her to a squirming dog and says that he can look at any woman he wants, but she has to keep her eyes to herself.

Another delightful set of lyrics, from "Stupid Girl:"

Look at that stupid girl The way she powders her nose, Her vanity shows and it shows She's the worst thing in this world.... The way she talks about someone else
That she don't even know herself. She's the sickest thing in this world. Well, look at that stupid girl Well, I'm sick and tired And I really have my doubts. I've tried and tried But it never really works out.... She's the worst thing in this world. Well, look at that stupid girl. Shut-up, shut-up, shut-up, shut-up, shut-up.

So he thinks she's vain, doesn't know herself, a gossip, the sickest and worst thing in the world: dude, we get it.  You don't like her.  Do you have to make a whole song about it?

Honestly, I can only do one more set of lyrics because this is really pissing me off.  From "Brown Sugar" we get sexist and racist.  Joy:

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields Sold in a market down in New Orleans. Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright Hear him whip the women just around midnight. Brown sugar how come you taste so good? Brown sugar just like a young girl should.

Please, tell me I don't have to go on.  OK, I know it's my blog and I don't have to go on.  Just, please, tell me I don't need to do any more to convince you. But if you do need more convincing, take a look at The Ten Most Sexist Rolling Stones Songs  over at Diffuser.

And please.  For the love of all the women in your life, quit listening to these guys.  Ugh.

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