Olivia Rodrigo Is Facing Sexist Criticism Ahead of Her Debut Album Release

Ahead of the May 21 release of her debut album, “Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo is already facing criticism since day one. The singer-songwriter said that she’s noticed “sexist criticism of songwriters like me being told that they only write songs about boy.”

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The fact that songs about love and relationships are bops, criticism like this is inherently tied to gender stereotypes that spread harmful ideologies about women’s sexuality.


Fortunately, Olivia Rodrigo is having none of it. “I write about stuff that I feel really intensely and I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely, and I think that’s authentic and natural,” Rodrigo said. “I don’t really understand what people want me to write about, do you want me to write about income taxes? How am I going to write an emotional song about that?”


Furthermore, Rodrigo indicated that how nuanced songs about heartbreak and romance can often be. “Something I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren’t really socially acceptable, especially for girls: anger, jealousy, spite, sadness, they’re frowned upon as b*tchy and moaning and complaining or whatever,” the singer said. “But I think they’re such valid emotions.” With Rodrigo’s debut album that is to be released sooner, we can’t wait to learn every song she wrote and we will see for ourselves how beautifully they are written.

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