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What Hailee Steinfeld’s EP “Haiz” Says About Female Empowerment


What Hailee Steinfeld’s EP “Haiz” Says About Female Empowerment

By Raquel Geylman

Hailee Steinfeld first won over our hearts in Pitch Perfect 2 as Emily, the newest Barden Bella. Although in the movie she seems innocent and boy-shy, her EP Haiz is the complete opposite. Her hit single “Love Myself” sounds like the anthem of confidence and independence, but it’s much more than just that (*insert winky face here*).


Yes, the song’s lyrics do touch upon being a strong independent woman, but every line is basically a play on masturbation. Steinfeld got a lot of heat about her new anthem, but I say it’s about time somebody started celebrating female self-empowerment! The idea that women want to enjoy the same pleasures as men is so taboo that when an amazingly catchy song is written about it, everyone is shocked. Steinfeld is a young, up-and-coming singer and actress, and we should celebrate her for being herself and making music that she feels is important. In a recent interview, Steinfeld addressed the controversy surrounding her song and said, “I think for me the song just has a really strong self-empowerment message, and whether you take that as something physical or not, it basically means the same thing … It’s about being able to provide for yourself and knowing how much power there is in that.”


Once the talk about Love Myself became idle chit-chat, Steinfeld released another song called “Starving”. The new love song, which starts with the main line, “I didn’t know that I was starving till I tasted you” definitely put Steinfeld’s name out there. “Starving” even became a Summer 2016 hit song.

After the single became #1 almost all over the world, people were no longer surprised by its sexual innuendos. Steinfeld certainly broke a gender barrier with “Love Myself” and “Starving”, and we at Project GirlSpire totally respect her for it.

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