Look anywhere in our patriarchal society and women face an uphill battle, and music is no different. A soldier for her cause, U.K. front woman and multi-talented instrumentalist Actor flips off this dominant male ideology on its head for her new song, "Girls Do".
Over the simple, minimal beat, Actor's vocals soar. She croons heartily about putting lipstick on her teeth and salutes feminism everywhere. Throughout her career her defiant stance on sexism has encouraged to create short films on the topic of the male gaze, which have helped her earn the reputable PRS Women Make Music award.
In an email to The FADER about the song, she wrote: "’Girls Do’ was written in part out of frustration. If you're a sexy woman that stands on a stage wearing a full PVC skin clinging body suit, then you can be sexualized and treated as an object. If you're a sexy woman that wears an XL band tee and a pair of jeans, then you're sexualized and treated as an object."
"It's just about doing whatever the fuck you want," she added. "If you want to wear lipstick on your teeth instead of your lips because you can't do it right and don't feel like being like everyone else, then that's fine. If you want to walk on stage with a see-through top on because YOU think it looks good, then that's fine too.” Amen.
Listen to Actor "Girls Do" below.