Care Bears on Fire
It was a summer afternoon like any other. I was sprawled across the couch with a pack of twizzlers in one hand and a large iced coffee in the other, two food-items that are essential to my survival. The N was having a Degrassi-a-thon (the actors look like me! I can relate to them!). I was ready to remain in this position of idealistic laziness for a good four to six hours.
Now, the N plays music videos between episodes. Generally this is when I get up to get more food (I’m actually not obese, although I’m not sure how) but I was already nursing my food-baby, so didn’t move. Through the sugar-coma haze, I saw the complete awesomeness that is Care Bears on Fire playing on my television screen.
I had heard of Care Bears on Fire just because I’d memorized the line-up of the music festival Lollapalooza. I had laughed at the name (I associate Care Bears with an evil teacher I once had who was obsessed with them, and now want to kill them all) but didn’t know who they were.
Who are the Care Bears on Fire? Turns out that they are a group of AWESOME thirteen-fifteen year old girls who are COMPLETELY FEMINIST (even if they don’t know it yet). As the drummer of the band, Izzy (age 13), says, “It’s all kind of about really empowering people and making girls realize that they can do what we do.” Lead singer and guitar player Sophie (age 13) added, “Girls rock. Girls especially have to be who they want to be and not worry about what other people are going to say about it.”
So, maybe this should be a Support Women Artists Sunday type deal, but to me this is so much more than that.
I remember when Hannah Montana first came out, I thought it was cool that the powers that be were trying to give younger girls a real role model and music they could relate to…except, the role model they gave them sang about chasing boys. And I get that she has songs like “Girls Night Out,” but really that’s not girl empowerment.The lyrics basically amount to it’s fun being a girl. Groundbreaking…but not exactly a deeper message.
But Care Bears on Fire are singing “I don’t want to be like everybody else” and “Barbie eat a sandwich” — that’s some empowerment young girls can actually use.
Bottom line: THESE GIRLS ROCK. Confidence, awesome hair. I like.
Barbie Eat a Sandwich
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