Have you taken a look at the music charts lately? If you haven’t, allow me to point something out to you. The top 5 singles are all by female singers! If that weren’t amazing enough, coming in close at number 6 is a song by an openly gay man.
Bear in mind that these charts aren’t determined by an appointed academy or biased political group. They’re determined by a combination of several factors, including number of singles sold, as well as amount of radio airplay of the song. This means that it is the general public who is deciding on which artists deserve the top spots.
Even more incredible is the fact that in none of these top 5 songs is the woman pining over a lost love or singing of some subservient role in a relationship. The songs are of the singers asserting their dominance, showcasing their sexuality or celebrating their personal decisions. Now, I’m not so stupid as to think that this is a direct reflection that the patriarchal and homophobic values that have controlled our society for so long have suddenly disappeared. However, it is a rather pleasant and promising indication that, at least at this very moment, there might be a shift in public mentality.