Vision of American Girl

Visionof American Girl

Visionof American Girl

The“girl groups” of the 1950s and 60s sung songs that were eitherwritten or co-written by American female artists. The girl groupmovements managed to bring the teenagers together because theycreated a platform on which the girls could provide moral support aswell as advice to each other. In addition, the songs that these girlsused to sing imparted their main audience with wisdom that they hadlearned from their mothers or through their experiences in life(Cyrus, 2003). By sharing the wisdom and the knowledge that they hadlearned from their mothers, not the fathers, and their own lifeexperiences created that they were advocating for the girl issueswhile overturning the general assertion that they were only singingfor boys. According to Cyrus (2003) girl groups offered tales of thedesires of teens from a female perspective, using an aurallysing-along format, which helped them hold up feminism for the womenof their time.

Thepop or rock and roll music was considered to be dangerous in the1950s and 60s because many parents felt that the content of the musicand the dancing styles could erode their culture. Most importantly,many parents feared that the music could subject their teens to therisk of juvenile delinquency (Cyrus, 2003). However, many parents didnot necessarily fear that the music could result in robbery,shooting, or substance abuse, but they were worried that it couldencourage disobedience, chewing gum in class, and talking back to theelders.

Inconclusion, the girl groups managed to advance feminism through songsthat invited the audience to join in advocating for different issuesfrom the female perspective. Many parents feared that the music couldencourage their teens to engage in crime and other types ofmisconduct.


Cyrus,J. (2003). Selling an image: Girl Groups of the 1960s. PopularMusic,22 (2), 173-193.