All-chick band promotes equality

By Nancy Shepherd
I. J. Samson Junior high
St. John's, Newfoundland

"Lilith for example, that first female failure or first feminist depending upon who tells the tale…"
-Jo Anna Isaak
Feminism and Contemporary Art

Just as a band can have only one lead singer, Adam could take only one wife.

Despite what you may have been taught, Eve was not the first female ever created: Lilith was. She was made with the intention to be the wife of Adam (as Eve would be later) of blood and dust as Adam was, therefore being his equal. Never mind the convenient spare rib Eve was molded from.

Sarah McLachlan performing
at Lilith Fair

But if Lilith was there, then why did God bother with Eve? Lilith infuriated God and Adam by refusing to lie beneath Adam in the traditional missionary position. She was banished from the
Garden of Eden, took on demon form, and flew away to live in the caves by the Red Sea. The red-haired goddess is said to have coupled with demons there, and gave birth to 100 offspring a day. Her daughters, the "Lilim," were her "partners in crime."

So where's Lilith now? Lilith herself is said to have hid underground when the witch hunts began and it's believed she's still there, occasionally seen and mistaken for a vampire. But if you look at society, Lilith (and her Lilim) have practically taken over. Women are getting more attention now then ever before. Feminism is now a major controversial part of society.

Lisa Loeb

You've probably all heard of Lilith Fair, the music tour headed by Sarah McLachlan. The whole purpose of this tour is to celebrate Lilith, women in music, and all women in general who have ever stood up for something. A few of the female artists who have joined Sarah in her crusade are Tracy Bonham, Suzanne Vega, Liz Phair, Lisa Loeb and many more. However there are a lot of other female artists conquering the world on their own such as Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, Holly McNarland and many others.

Female musicians don't have to be famous to make a point and local band, "Redshift," proves it. Although Redshift is an all-chick band (Jillian Freeman, Kate Bugden, and Ariana Patey), they consider themselves equalists.

"I think that feminism has kind of gone downhill lately. It seems as if the movement has changed from 'We want equal rights' to 'We hate men and we're going to take over the world.' I think we should just try to break down the barriers because I am in no way opposed to men. I like testosterone," says guitarist/ lead singer Jillian Freeman.

Redshift's music, including their two songs "Princess" and "Blue Lids," is hard rocking, but is also the kind of music you can listen to on your own, without getting a headache. When they're not practicing, performing or doing they're homework, they're adding to their CD collections.

"Female artists are now more popular than ever," says Kate Bugden, the band's drummer. "And I think that's great, but musicians are musicians. Whether they are male or female doesn't make a difference. If they are honest people and play good music, that's all that really counts."

If Redshift could say one thing to other females their age it would be this advice from Ariana Patey, the group's bass player: "It seems like everybody says this, but be yourself. Don't try to be like everybody else. Don't conform yourself to other people's ideas of what you should be. Be yourself and people will respect you for it."

"Life is not a short skirt," Bugden explained, "strive for what you believe in and do it for yourself."

Freeman adds some advice of her own.

"I think the most important thing is to just be a strong woman. I mean, if you want to
wear short skirts and tube tops do it, but don't use it as a platform to what you think you deserve."