Britney Spears’ “Born to Make You Happy” As The Ultimate 1950s Anthem for Women

Where ballads about romance are concerned, Britney Spears has never been in short supply. Her first album, …Baby One More Time, was an exemplar of her predilection for cheesy, uncomfortable ballads (see: “E-Mail My Heart”). However, “Born to Make You Happy,” the fifth track on the album and fourth single, …

Still A “Bitch”: Meredith Brooks and the Feminist Anthem of a Decade

Even though Meredith Brooks may be dabbling in a career as a children’s singer at the moment, no one can forget her empowering 1997 hit, “Bitch.” Hailing from Oregon–the feminist nexus of the U.S.–Brooks had her early beginnings playing clubs around Portland and Eugene in the late 70s and early …

Diary of Britney Spears: Pinpointing Signs of a Breakdown

If you’re on the older side of a millennial (forgive me for use of the term), you will undoubtedly remember when a show called Diary was on MTV. Documenting the lives of celebrities from a first person account told through a video diary, Britney Spears’ episode was extremely telling in …