Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Renee Goust is a feminist, and has been since learning “the actual meaning of the word, which just seeks equality between men and women.” But when she started to voice her opinion online, the trolls crawled out of their social media caves, spewing “hateful messages”, which included calling her a ‘feminazi”. Renee says it was “such a terrible insult” that she was initially at a loss for “a comparable comeback.” But she eventually did respond by writing and performing this song… “La Cumbia Feminazi”.
An intentional blend of “catchy” music and “groovy” guitar strumming with more serious lyrics, Renee’s purpose in writing “La Cumbia Feminazi” is to stress the sheer ignorance of anyone who uses the term ‘feminazi’ as a slur against women who speak up and out for what they believe in. As she sings, “Don’t call me ‘feminazi’ just because my self-esteem threatens you!”
How little maturity one must have, how little sensibility one must have to take something so cruel, so historically painful and try to use it to impose one’s ideas…
In a Facebook post, Renee wrote of her new cumbia (a type of Latin-American dance music of Colombian origin) that it’s her answer to the harassment faced by far too many women who are simply “wanting to defend our rights.” The idea that “we deserve basic rights such as respect and gender equality seems to infuriate many,” she noted, and in response they intend “to discredit and devalue our progress using the ignorant term ‘feminazi'”.
Renee plans to include a studio version of “La Cumbia Feminazi”, in which she’s backed by a full band, on her EP, which will be released soon.
[Editor’s note: The term ‘feminazi’ was popularized in 1992 by politically conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh in his book ‘The Way Things Ought to Be’. In it he writes, “I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis. Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism.” According to Media Matters, since the 90s Limbaugh “has used the term as a broader slur to attack feminists, pro-choice activists, and progressive women.”]