The time of scarves, tights, leaves changing and high 60s in Los Angeles. I always try to enjoy the last two months of the year but they inevitably always breeze past me. Fall (or autumn) always allows my brain slow down and recalibrate after a go-go-go summer. I know I know, we’ve technically been in fall for over a month now but in LA summer goes well into the beginning of October purely for weather reasons.
Along with the weather, November is bringing turkey, Gilmore Girls and a new president. I am a vote by mail voter so I sent in my ballot last week. I’ve been pretty vocal about where I stand this election (#ImWithHer) and I cannot wait to share a few opinion pieces on our potential new Commander in Chief in the upcoming days leading up to November 8th. Where my Nasty Women at?
Staying on the topic of powerful females, there have been two new albums released in the past two weeks and one new television series that have really caught my attention. Lady Gaga’s Joanne, Tove Lo’s Lady Wood and Amazon Prime’s Good Girls Revolt all add up to a shit ton of powerhouse women letting their shine come all the way through. All three of these different forms of media have one similar message – don’t put me in a box. Let’s start with Joanne. I’ve read a few different reviews that speak of their dislike of Joanne because it isn’t the “old Gaga.” I cannot STAND when people reference the “old” version of someone just to put their “new” version down. Everyone is allowed to grow and experiment, especially artists. In fact, if an artist doesn’t grow and change I don’t think they can actually call themselves an artist, they’re a machine. Gaga went out of her comfort zone just enough to shake things up a bit without sacrificing her songwriting, the true backbone of who she is. Women are not yours to put in a box.
In the same vein, people are quick to write off Tove Lo as the “dumb party girl” because of her lyrical content. Is Lady Wood a banger of a pop album? Absolutely. But it is much more than that. Comprehensively, Lady Wood explores what it means to own your sexuality, body and desires, all things women have been notoriously told not to own. I mean the title is LADY WOOD, can you get more in your face than that? Tove Lo speaks of her sexual escapades, relationships, and feelings all the while making you want to dance it the hell out. She combines pop melodies with ruthless storytelling and strong female leads. Lady Wood is a snapshot in time during the exploration of what it means to be a young woman today. Women are not yours to put in a box.
Last but not least we have Good Girls Revolt, a show inspired by the scandal that rocked Newsweek in the late 60s because of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Women in the news room challenged the status quo to get what they were rightfully entitled to (equal pay and equal opportunity) aka the Nasty Women of the 70s. The writing is brilliant, the characters are fleshed out and to top it off, the fashion is so damn awesome I want all of it. It is a must watch especially considering the current political climate. Women are not yours to put in a box.
We are in peak strong woman territory and I have never been more alive. By the time I write my next Editor’s Letter, hopefully it will be under the matriarchy. Gather your ladies and woman up, it’s time to get out there and break that glass ceiling.