There are only eight, but the singers competing in Sanremo 2024 represent an ironic and free voice that denounces the (usual) gender gap

The number of singers competing in Sanremo 2024 optimistically reflects the situation on gender gap issues in the music industry. Loredana Berté, Rose Villain, BigMama, Annalisa, Fiorella Mannoia, Angelina Mango, Fiorella Mannoia, Alessandra Amoroso are the eight singers selected from the big names with the role, given the small number, of denouncing female fatigue in the area of pop music.

They do it with irony and, above all, with calm indifference towards the status quo and the inevitable interventions of haters on social media. The Italian pop singers move forward with their heads down, openly criticizing the sexism of the lyrics of the songs in general, and of the rap ones in particular.

Pop reproduces our cultural reality

The controversy over rap is endless. But it has lasted for decades: urban music (like pop music more generally) has always been sexist, the lyrics are misogynistic and constantly aim at objectification. The disarming result is the words of male rappers who, obviously, represent the vast majority of the pop population. The theme of language and content in any case clashes with a simple reality: the words of the songs reproduce the cultural reality. Obviously winking at the more opportunistic parts of the man/woman discussion for market reasons.

“Emis Killa's song is anachronistic and misogynistic”: haters respond

Margherita Vicario is a talented thirty-year-old, writer of ironic and intelligent songs and a good actress. An interesting voice, which in 2020 raised itself against the sexist lyrics Shoot me by Emis Killa (co-written with FabriFibra and Salmo , among others). She endlessly responded to the aggressive reactions of the social media population, which she commented regretting having let herself be caught up in the moment and having published a post with an inevitable outcome.

In a subsequent video the singer stated: “I put my opinion on a song I had just heard by a very famous rapper in an Instagram story. I said to myself: It's anachronistic, is it possible that someone still makes such misogynistic songs?'. In short, I have had my say and this is the result, which is exactly the mechanism of polarization. Chicken, I did it".

A revolutionary wave

Contrary to the rule of putting oneself on the same polemical and polarizing communicative level, Margherita Vicario summarizes a common practice among visible women of pop: going one's own path and seeking one's own way of making the revolution.

Madame, another successful artist of recent years, definitively launched at Sanremo 2021 with the song Voce, she says: “I don't have the goal of overturning anything. But being told that I am part of a revolutionary wave is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world."

Big data to understand the gender gap problem

The problem of sexism and the gender gap is not limited or caused by rap. Research by the American online magazine The Pudding, specialized in the journalistic analysis of big data, has highlighted the very low female presence among the authors and singers of the US top charts in the last ten years.

And he transformed it into an interesting work of data visualization that explains the problem in a factual and indisputable way. Here the level is no longer that of language, but that of the professional gender gap, of the perception of female success in an arena that tends to question male cultural hegemony in a more casual way than, for example, in finance.