Editor’s Note: The following essay appears in the Fall 2020 issue of Eikon.
When most people hear the name Shania Twain, they think of one song: “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” The lyrics concern the freedom of women to do whatever they want in terms of dress, partying, and having fun. The title is a play on words, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
In the current culture, some might critique Twain for associating female power too closely with a “traditional” twentieth-century American femininity: hair, dress, makeup, going out with girlfriends. Christians will take issue with her adoption of expressive individualism. She sings about the liberation of women, arguing true womanhood does not mean suppressing the female self.
Much could be said about the song, and I will probably get a few emails for including it here. The point I want to draw attention to, however, is that she presses into her nature as a woman. She writes a song for women as a woman. She…