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Tonight’s musical selection is “Hard Out Here,” a new video by Lily Allen.

Lily Allen in concert

Lily Allen is taking on sexism in music.

NME has an analysis of the song and how it responds to sexism in music:

Both the video and the song’s lyrics take aim at misogyny and sexism in modern pop culture. She takes a satirical swipe at Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video, in which a woman dances in front of the words ‘Robin Thicke has a big dick’, by dancing in front of inflatables spelling out ‘Lily Allen has a baggy pussy’.

She also takes aim at the use of the word ‘bitch’ in popular culture, with the chorus stating: ‘Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits, it’s hard out here for a bitch,’ she sings. 

The track begins the singer getting liposuction while being told by doctors that she ‘let herself go’ when having her two children. It then features the singer talking about female body image and sexuality. ‘I don’t need to shake my ass for you because I’ve got a brain,’ she sings.

Thanks to Jessica Garcia for the suggestion.

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