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You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Loretta Lynn Tickets!

Filed By Ed Team | August 16, 2005 8:39 AM | comments

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Alright, Bil wants us to give the loyal readers of Bilerico.com glimpses into "the personal worlds of some of the state's GLBT community leaders." Since none of them post on here (just kidding Linda), I'll give a glimpse into my boring life.

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.

Yee Haw!!

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AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 8/16/2005 09:04:41 PM

My mom loved Loretta Lynn. I think we had to watch Coal Miner's Daughter a million and one times when it came out on video... How old is Loretta now? She has to be 112...

AUTHOR: Tracy Elliott

DATE: 8/17/2005 06:18:27 AM

70 or 71

AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 8/18/2005 02:52:08 AM

However old she is, unlike Gloria Steinem, Ms. Lynn doesn't think you're human enough to have equal rights under the law.And enough people read the writings of both Ms. Steinem and Ms. Friedan to create a cultural revolution -- on which Ms. Lynn capitalized sans quite getting the message like the typically selfish Repug she is.