I dedicate my song today to Shane Hoganwho lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shane celebrates his birthday today. Enjoy your special day, Shane, and thank you for being my Facebook friend.
My song today is, ‘Just Because I’m a Woman’. This was the second solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on April 15, 1968, by ‘RCA Victor’.
In the song, a woman admonishes her boyfriend for passing judgment on her previous sexual encounters even though he is guilty of the same behaviour. This was regarded as something of a daring statement to make at the time. It was written by Parton in response to her husband's questioning (and subsequent reaction) if she had ever been with a man before him.
When this song was first recorded and released, although America was witnessing the beginning of a female backlash against the unquestionable rights of men to run roughshod over the rights of women in society, equality between the sexes did not exist. Men had been raised to believe that the views of women mattered less than those of men, and that their logic held less reason than that of man’s mind, and that their actions were far less rational. Thus, women were still considered to be second-class citizens to that of their menfolk, which is a view still held by many men, American or otherwise.
Love and peace Bill xxx