Honorable mention in our PInKSLiP campaign (read about the concept here
) goes to Russell Mael
of the band Sparks
, for his song "Cool Places
," a duet with Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin
. Mael defies gender stereotypes when he sings, "I wanna go where nobody's a fool, and no one says uh, 'hey girl, need a light?'" While a homophobic reading of that line is possible, we think it most likely that Mael originally wrote the lyric for Wiedlin to sing, and the two switched lines.
Additional kudos to a group of fifth grade boys in a music class who changed "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry to "I Kissed a Squirrel
," yet retained the line, "I hope my boyfriend doesn't mind it."