Kacey Musgraves, 24-year old rising Country Music star, addresses the Catch-22 issue of feminism that young women
grow up in today. Her album, Same Trailer, Different Park, is currently proclaimed a wake-up call for Country Music’s ‘femininity crisis.’ In particular, the song Follow Your Arrow delivers a rather bold exclamation against what Musgraves calls the ‘damned if you do, and damned if you don’t’ mentality surrounding a girl’s identity today. The lyrics, displayed below, describe how the various factions of Feminism vying for power have created a situation where girls are not entirely able to use their freedom of choice due to the negative judgement they may receive from one side of the spectrum of Feminism or the other.
Rolling Stone remarks on her work as well as the progressive message she is promoting in a very conservative, ‘red-blooded,’ male dominated genre. In an interview after her CMA Award Winning performance, RS reporter Adam Gold talked with Musgraves about what the 2013 Best New Artist award meant for her [see here]. Kacey happily remarked that “It just feels good to be [working] in a time period there’s room for everyone.” Coming from a small town and into a large spotlight, Musgraves fully experienced the vast variation of values that young women are conflicted with today. As her song says, you cannot be either conservative or overtly sexual as a girl today without a greater movement of Feminism rising up to chastise you for ‘doing Feminism wrong’ and therefore, being wrong as a woman. To Kacey, this is what inspired her to write her album for the new generation to hear and take hope.
“I’m so excited to be part of the women-in-country-music movement,” Musgraves said during a post-show press conference. “I look at people like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton – songwriters who are sexy and beautiful and also intelligent and humorous – they inspired me, and if I can in any [way be] part of that, carry that on, that’s just the icing on the cake for me, and I feel like I’ve done my job.”