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Women In Rock

by Aubrey Aikens

The Rise of “Rockerella”-Cinderella’s Release and Female Self Image

In 1950, Walt Disney Studios released one of its most iconic princess movies, Cinderella. With its whimsical nature and lilting lady lead, the movie was a hit and has remained a classic ever since, serving as a standard for many women to compare themselves to. The character herself has a high, sweet, and innocently feminine voice that floats gracefully over the polished orchestra, reminiscent (almost symbolic) of the stereotypical 50’s housewife of the time. Dressing to the nines for the sake of a man, embracing the supposed weakness of womanhood, serving others obediently, all while retaining that distinct sense of femininity defined what many average women experienced on a daily basis. Although there are many connections to the precursor to the young male rocker through building anger and frustration, I believe that women in fact swung the opposite way. Many ladies to this day still look down upon female rockers, and one way to do that was by commenting on their lack of feminine qualities (as if it were insulting to try and move outside the norm). Rock music in the women’s circles aren’t necessarily limited to the “angry, active” person like in Reynolds’ and Press’ piece The Sex Revolts, but perhaps more to the silently suffering princess. In being forced to fit such a constraining mold, women chose to reject the image of the perfect women within characters like Cinderella and slowly move from that pious state, to one that is more vocal and free.

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