8 Surprisingly Feminist Country Songs Written By Dudes

We all know that country music, by and large, isn't the most progressive of musical genres. With loudmouth GOP musicians like Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr., it's easy to forget that country music isn't all about trucks, America and hating President Obama. Believe it or not, there are surprisingly progressive lyrics hiding behind some of country radio's most popular songs in the last 20 years.

Still, the popularity of "bro-country" has put the spotlight on the way that the genre treats the women. The women of country music have always been making waves with controversial songs about women's rights (see Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" as an example), but their male counterparts have also been recording sneakily feminist songs for the past few decades. These eight are some of the best.

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Amy McCarthy