Don’t Take Off Your Headphones: A Playlist

Earlier this week, Twitter user @yophoebs unearthed an awful article titled “How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones,” written by a definitely awful person named Dan Bacon, and from an equally awful website called “The Modern Man.” While the article is a few years old, it described an eerily familiar experience of harassment, but framed it as an opportunity for men to get dates.

During the discussion that followed, several people clarified how male privilege and entitlement function in this type of interaction; Martha Mills wrote a wonderfully snarky analysis of the article for The Guardian, Spike Trotman tweeted about why headphone-wearers respond politely for their own safety, Twitter user @kchamomile ripped apart the mythical “nice guy,” and Noelle Stevenson talked about how exhausting it is to have these conversations over and over again.

Each of these pieces is worth reading and sharing with your casually misogynist cousins on Facebook. However, in light of this shitstorm of an article, you may find yourself in need of a new playlist to drown out the Modern Men gesturing at you to take off your headphones. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! I compiled a list of my ten favorite, super snarky tweets, and WWAC superstars Stephanie Tran and Melissa Brinks helped me match them to appropriate songs. You can get the full playlist on youtube here, but first enjoy the list in it’s entire glory, with accompanying tweets:

1. “I Bust the Windows Out Your Car,” by Jazmine Sullivan, and “Seven Devils” by Florence and the Machine.

2. “Stronger Than You,” by Rebecca Sugar (sung by Estelle), from Steven Universe.

3. “I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast,” by Ida Maria.

3. “Hey Mami,” by Sylvan Esso.

5. “Head Up High,” by Oh Land.

6. “Castle,” by Halsey.

7. “Demons,” by Sleigh Bells.

8. “Unstoppable,” by Santigold.

9. “Alien She,” by Bikini Kill.

10. “Science Fiction, Double Feature,” covered by Jess Fink.

Which songs help you get through your commute? Share with us in the comments!

Alenka Figa

Alenka Figa

Alenka is a queer librarian and intense cat parent. They spends their days reading zines and indie comics, and twittering about D&D podcasts @alenkafiga.

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