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In the lead up to this weekend's Man Up! Festival, we asked some of the bands and people involved to come up with a few tunes about gender conflict, love, and resolution. Former White Ribbon chairman Andrew O'Keefe came up with a few choice songs, and here they are.
Walking Into Doors
An incredibly powerful and empathetic story of surviving violence, about a woman but sung by a real man.
Leavin' Here by Pearl Jam
An incendiary call to arms to all men to be good to women
Respect by Aretha Franklin
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man: a plea from the heart to show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T!.
Sophia by Laura Marling
A refusal to be broken by being misused
To Her Door by Paul Kelly
Such a beautiful song of redemption and hope. Strong woman, damaged man, forgiveness.
Careless by Paul Kelly
Recognising the pain that selfishness can cause.
Barefoot And Pregnant
You can't treat me like crap any more
Bloody Motherfucking Asshole by Martha Wainwright
Oh, the damage you can do.
Spanish Temper by Washington
Talking yourself into not being scared.
Keep Ya Head Up by 2Pac
Feminism 101 from a great rapper and a great man.
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