Lesley Gore’s Rad Lip-Dub Protest for Women’s Reproductive Rights (VIDEO)
I know I’m not alone when I say, I freakin’ love Lesley Gore. For those who don’t know who she is, you’re probably the most familiar with her lyrics “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to” from the tune I’ll Cry If I Want To. In all likelihood, I may have sung along to some of her songs (in the privacy of my own home, always in private, always).
I haven’t listened to all her work, but the one song that really hit it home for me is You Don’t Own Me. It’s a really rousing, women-championing song. It just sends sparks throughout my body, which is one of the many things I look for in a sweet tune: the sparkle and shiver factor.
Besides being an awesome sing-a-long tune, it packs a powerful message. Gore and other chanteuses (or wannabe chanteuses) ask that you vote in the next presidential election with women’s reproductive rights in mind. Or the more dramatically titled “War on Women” catchphrase that’s being thrown around. The video also speaks about equal pay regardless of sex or ethnicity, the GOP’s bid to defund Planned Parenthood and it’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Unlike The Agenda Project Action Fund’s My Country, My Choice, all the ladies keep their clothes on, which is a welcome relief. Watch until the end for Gore’s summation of the female-centric lip-dub protest. It’s really rad. (Here’s to women’s rights and the hopes that “rad” will come back into our daily vocab; I’m only one woman but I think I can make “rad” happen.)
Here’s Lesley Gore along with other rad women. Signed, huge fangirl.