by Niki Toomey - Q Review Staff
Preface: I’m currently listening to Hilary Clinton’s audio book What Happened? and I just finished her chapter on feminism, misogyny and the convoluted path she walks with regards to her choices of clothing, hairstyle, shoes, emotion and inflection (to name a few) still has me slightly vibrating with anger. To quote Hilary, “Both sexism and misogyny are endemic in America. If you need convincing, just look at the YouTube comments or Twitter replies when a woman dares to voice a political opinion or even just share an anecdote from her own lived experience. People hiding in the shadows step forward just far enough to rip her apart.”
So, as it was, when the staticy intro of Torrey Mercer’s Boy’s Club blared recordings of various deep, overly-opinionated, voices saying things like “the male typically is the dominant role”, “women are happier at home” and “know your role and shut your mouth!” I was immediately on high alert (and perhaps angry). When Torrey’s voice overtook the static, smoothing down the sound clips with an easy, memorable beat that was highlighted with her voice that is both high and controlled but with an almost imperceptible rasp (I want to say bite….rawwr..yeah…totally a bite) I was game for whatever came next.
Perhaps I wasn’t being fair? I was setting a bit of a high expectation here, but I’m happy to report: she didn’t disappoint. It might have been her astute observation that “boys play a different game with different rules” or that “it’s out with the bold and in with the pretty” but I was hooked on Torrey within about 10 seconds.
Certainly, one would expect her to continue on this route and eloquently point out what most women already know: true equality hasn’t been achieved yet. With the easy rhythm and catchy lyrics, she very-well could have, with great success; but, she didn’t. She did something better. Torrey flipped the script on its head. She narrated what each and every woman should tell themselves when she starts the day. She took the world as we know it and tilted it slightly, giving us all a better view of something we thought we had the best seats in the house for.
“When girls get older we get….” What Torrey, what do we get? Wrinkles? Less appealing? Soft around the middle? No! As Torrey says, “we get stronger!” She calls for us to break the mold, we’re made of fire and it’s time to climb because this world isn’t a boys club, it’s ours to conquer. So what if you don’t like us? You’re never going to break us because the tide is changing.
What a freakin’ anthem! Perhaps if Hilary takes on the big Cheeto once more this can be the new theme music?
Regardless, I want more. I think it’s difficult to find music that’s equal parts empowering as well as appealing somethings. This song strikes an awesome balance. My only wish is that the power and music build that starts at the 50 second mark didn’t drop off so dramatically at the 1:20 mark. That’s when the meat and message really gets going and when the listener is getting their call to action: you’re freaking fire ladies! I want to strut away from the explosion like they do in NCIS: LA (don’t judge me) and I need it to be louder.