DJ MixMistress & R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Can 13 ladies fight patriarchy with the power of dance? DJ MixMistress made it seem possible with her “All Girls” mix, a solid hour of lady swagger, lady rants, and lady anthems that had THIS lady tearing up a little at times. What? Haven’t you ever gotten a little weepy during “Fergalicious”?

Just kidding, during “Fergalicious” I’m too busy workin’ on my fitness. But when Beyonce sings “Who run the world? GIRLS” I do sometimes feel a sniffle coming on, even as I’m shakin’ it to the beat.

I don’t mean to be a downer, but reading the headlines lately, it seems like we barely run our own bodies, much less the world. The reason there are so many girl power anthems out there is because we still need to hear them, not because we actually run the world. And in fact, we’re not asking for the world. What we want – well, Aretha demanded it in 1967, and we’re still asking for it now.

To me, that’s why DDPP is so great. Sure, it’s a silly, fun, stress-relieving interlude, a chance to exercise, a social hour and a lark. But there’s also something kind of magical about putting on songs like “Run the World (Girls),” “Can’t Hold Us Down,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in a room full of all girls. There’s something special about feeling, for a moment under the disco lights, like we really do run the world – and for me, that feeling of buoyancy and power and togetherness makes me want to fight even harder for R-E-S-P-E-C-T for all girls, ladies, and women. To quote the coloring book “Girls Are Not Chicks” by Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak:

Women’s Studies 101 over! Here is DJ MixMistress’s BADASS mix, which was so bumpin’ I woke up six kinds of sore this morning:

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