But let's not talk about labels! You can promote equality without the label feminist (looking at you, Maddie & Tae, with Girl in a Country Song) or use feminism to disguise your horrible actions, such as child abuse (looking at you, Lena Dunham.) What about how she wrote For A Boy, which everyone embraced as a love song, and actually made the video be about a bad relationship, showing that hey, this kind of relationship is not a perfect model by any means? And what about the empowering themes in her lyrics?
"I don't need a mister, trying to fit that perfect slipper" - Kissin Frogs
"Stop trying to find a husband like he's all you're missing" - My 18th Self
"A relationship is a 50-50 thing, I don't wanna be the girl always giving in" - Careless
As empowering as “Kissin’ Frogs” and “Better Do It” are for girls, “Careless” is a song that confirms to girls that they should still try to make the guys care for them, regardless of how the guys really feel.
It's also worth noting that sexist male artists such as Florida Georgia Line do not get near the same amount of vitriol that RaeLynn does. People dislike them, but seem to pretty much accept them as part of the country music climate right now. Hmmm.
Overall, RaeLynn and her music reminds me of Fearless-era Taylor Swift. A girl writing about her feelings, sometimes going too far into sexist stereotypes, but still coming out with empowering music (see: Fifteen). And unlike Fearless-era Taylor Swift, RaeLynn actually calls herself a feminist.
As critics and as the general public, we need to give RaeLynn room to grow emotionally, and engage in constructive criticism, not criticism that, say, Taylor Swift would refer to as "mean". Personally, I'm here to support females in country music (because heaven knows they need it with situations such as Salad Gate), not jump down their throats at any imperfection.