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Your Summer Empowerment Playlist

by Melanie LaForce

It’s been a shitty couple of weeks. Given the political climate, the actual climate, and that little old impending nuclear war…well, sometimes we need solid tunes to get us through the day OR get us off our asses. Enjoy this Summer Empowerment Playlist, chock-full of bad ass babes pumping out killer jams:

You’re making protest posters: “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson


You had a badass day at work and totally shut down Chad: “Bossy” by Kelis 


Oh, and you also shut down Todd when he tried to steal your idea: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar



You rolled the fattest blunt this side of the Atlantic: “Bad Girls” by M.I.A. 


You totally owned that Buns of Steel workout: “Booty” by J.Lo


You persevered through a shitty panic attack: “Roar” by Katy Perry


You got a new vibrator: “Oops” by Tweet


You made it to payday! “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools” by Dena 


Your bae goes up to do karaoke and totally picks Ginuwine’s “Pony”: “Take It Off” by The Donnas


You broke a heart and are sorry not sorry: “Dancin’ With Myself” by Robyn


You maybe just scored a super hot threesome for Friday night: “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez


You won the shove war during your morning commute on the subway or bus: “Barracuda” by Heart


Your Advil finally kicked in and your cramps are easing into a blissful uterine cloud: “Sheezus” by Lily Allen


You just booked a dope Airbnb for the weekend on the Lower East Side: “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz


Your glare stopped a catcaller dead in his tracks: “Ladykiller” by LUSH


You crafted a “Patriarchy” voodoo doll, complete with poorly-fitting two piece suit: “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” by X- Ray Spex


top photo: still from Kelis “Bossy”

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