The lead singer from Sonnymoon, Anna Wise, has dropped a track on the misogynist society surrounding her, and its a middle finger to all the males in society who try to trap the women around them between two male-created themes: you’re either a prude or you’re a whore.
The track is called “BitchSlut”, and it addresses an age-old theme of manipulation and control when you disparage those around you through ploys and deceptions as a way to establish yourself in a position of power. A great quote from one of my favourite movies of all time, Serenity, sums this concept up nicely, where The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) calls Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) on this in regards to giving up one of his crew to the government:
“That is a trap. I offer money, you’ll play the man of honor and take umbrage; I ask you to do what is right and you’ll play the brigand. I have no stomach for games.”
Well, Anna Wise has no stomach for games, either, as she clearly states through the lyrics of this track. With lines like:
“So they’re calling you a bitch, calling you a slut; cause you dressed up, cause you dressed down”
“I’m walking down the street with my hands tied; cause I wore a skirt, you think I’m down to ride; you think I wanna fuck cause I comb my hair; cause I’m at the bar next to an open chair; cause I always have to be polite”
She takes on the societal excuse of, “She was asking for it,” or “she really wants it,” which has been used for centuries as the justification for sexually assaulting women or treating them like sexual objects who don’t know what’s best for themselves. Well, Anna Wise is on to this game and calls it like it is, and though she stops somewhat short of really turning this song into a hardcore feminist anthem of taking back control from this terrible treatment, it’s awesome that she has written a song to bring forward this issue that women have to deal with on a daily basis.