I have tickets to see Loretta Lynn this Saturday at the Little Opry in Nashville, IN. And I'm so excited!!! Though I listen to a variety of music and have a special love for Bach and Sinatra, my redneck roots are deep and I love traditional country music. I wouldn't give a dead pole cat for anything played on country radio today, but this morning in the shower I sang "You're Lookin' at Country" and remembered every word.
Loretta was a trailblazer for country women. Her 1972 hit, "The Pill" caused a sensation. Country women weren't supposed to want more than bein' barefoot and pregnant. And, Lord, they weren't supposed to sing about contraception! Not anymore:
This old maternity dress I've got
Is goin' in the garbage
The clothes I'm wearin' from now on
Won't take up so much yardage
Miniskirts, hot pants and a few little fancy frills
Yeah I'm makin' up for all those years
Since I've got the pill
OK, so it ain't Betty Friedan, but the point is most American women didn't read Betty Friedan, but they listened to Loretta Lynn tell dominating husbands to back off in dozens of songs that declared women weren't objects and had minds and lives of their own. One could argue that Loretta was at least as effective a feminist as Gloria Steinem. She certainly reached more people.
Anyway....it's all in fun. Having won a Grammy for her amazing album collaboration with Jack White of the White Stripes (Van Lear Rose), her career is hot and I've never seen her on stage.