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Sun Jun 8, 2014, 04:27 AM

Eddie Vedder’s Feminism: Flannel-Clad Activism



Toward the end of Pearl Jam’s Oct. 16 show in Oklahoma City, Eddie Vedder turned the microphone over to a woman in the front row who wanted to propose to her boyfriend. She got down on one knee, proposed, and kissed the man who had said “yes.”

Vedder congratulated them and said, “That’s beautiful–it’s a modern world.”

Vedder has spent his career fighting for a modern world that accepts and promotes women–he’s fought for reproductive rights, spoken out against sexual assault, and worked for worldwide safe pregnancy/childbirth. Vedder’s feminism has followed him from the highest rafters at Lollapalooza in 1992 to being the father of two daughters in 2013.

His politics have never taken second stage, and his feminism has always been a part of what is stereotypically a masculine, male-dominated, female-unfriendly world of rock.

Vedder’s ethos shaped my adolescence, and normalized feminism. While Pearl Jam as a whole (Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready) presented itself as a progressive force in the grunge scene, taking female protagonists and feminist issues to the radio and MTV, Vedder’s voice and actions made an incredible impact on me as I fully realized my own feminism, even if I couldn’t name it at age 10.

Listening to Pearl Jam growing up, I consistently heard songs with female protagonists. I loved reading the lyrics–they weren’t against me or at me. The lyrics told stories about women and girls facing mental health issues, disappointing relationships, being misunderstood by parents and men, and aging in a small town–all from the woman’s perspective. They commented on the privilege of being white and male in our society, the ramifications of not having that privilege, and the damaging and idealized masculinity of guns.

http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/11/eddie-vedder-feminism-in-flannel.html#.U5QKcDOKDwo

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Violet_Crumble Jun 2014 OP
ismnotwasm Jun 2014 #1
Violet_Crumble Jun 2014 #3
Skittles Jun 2014 #2
RiffRandell Jun 2014 #4
Violet_Crumble Jun 2014 #5
RiffRandell Jun 2014 #6

Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 12:41 PM

1. Nice!

I was just listening to "elderly Women behind the counter in a small town"

What memories THAT one brings back

Great article!

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 07:38 AM

3. I wanted to post the entire article, it was so good...

The writer said that there's some fans who don't appreciate the bands politics, but I've always been one who loved that my fave band was on the same page as me politically...

'Elderly woman' is one of my fave songs, despite the long and unwieldy title

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 04:21 AM

2. thanking Mr. Vedder

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 08:02 AM

4. I also love his work for the WM3.

That case still pisses me off to this day.

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Response to RiffRandell (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 07:59 AM

5. I wouldn't have heard of the WM3 if it wasn't for Eddie Vedder...

The PJ website used to be my go-to place on the net, and I read a lot about them there. I found the latest update on the WM3 only a few pages back in the activism section of the site.

http://pearljam.com/activism/news/3/17609/update_damien_jason_jessie

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 09:15 AM

6. I followed the case closely as it was such a travesty of justice.

I donated money, would get updates on their website, then one August morning came downstairs and my husband said "look" and gave me the newspaper and on the front page it said "West Memphis 3 Freed" and I started screaming and crying for joy. They had to take a BS plea, but at least they were freed. Highly recommend Damien's book: http://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Death-Damien-Echols/dp/0142180289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402410265&sr=1-1&keywords=life+after+death

Eddie visited them in prison; Damien talks about it in his book "Life After Death" which is really good, and here's the press conference they gave when they were freed; Eddie was there but you don't see him until the end:

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