Country Music Scene Struggling With Gender Issues

Mark sent in this USA Today article and writes "After the success of Shania Twain's 1995 anti-male "The Woman In Me" album and the success of other female acts such as the Dixie Chicks (whose song "Goodbye Earl" was about murdering an abusive husband), country radio stations began tailoring their format to appeal almost entirely to women. Now after having chased away most of their male listeners, these stations are trying to win them back. However, the article mentions that "You can have a record that may send men screaming from the room on your radio station, but you cannot have a song that sends women screaming from the room." Still, the pendulum appears to have started swinging back. The article mentions that women are tired of "bend-over-backward proclamations of love and songs about empowered women." And any male country music listener today has no doubt enjoyed songs like Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" and Montgomery Gentry's "She Couldn't Change Me""Source: USA Today [newspaper]

Title: Macho country (subsection: Country's gender agenda)

Author: Brian Mansfield

Date: June 7, 2001

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