Is Pop Music the New Feminism?

Is Pop Music the New Feminism?

The high profile success of Beyonce’s Lemonade illustrates how completely a new generation of female artists is dominating the pop charts. Since the 2000s, artists like Adele, Taylor Swift and Rihanna have challenged the way women are traditionally regarded in the entertainment industry. And their imagery and public statements have played an important part in the debates thrown up by the new wave of feminism.

But their prominence also raises wider questions about how women are seen today: when is presentation of your sexuality empowering and when is it exploitative? Are stars like Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj playing into a culture of pornification or defining their image on their own terms? And when a woman complains about mistreatment and abuse, like Kesha, will she be listened to or dismissed?

Singer-songwriter Roisin Murphy, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and DJ Lulu LeVay join writer and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer in a debate on Tuesday 5th July 2016 in the beautiful chapel at The House of St Barnabas.

This is the 15th event in the ongoing series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, which is a partnership between BUG and The House of St Barnabas asking provocative, open-ended questions about popular culture and what is says about life as we live it today.

The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. Proceeds from this event go the The House of St Barnabas employment academy.


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