Are American Women Really the Worst Type of Mate?

A look at the shaping of a woman’s psyche in America and the denigration of her beautiful strength

It's Ericajean
7 min readSep 22, 2023


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Ever hear the entire lyrics from “American Woman”? The song was originally sung by the Canadian band The Guess Who in the 1970s, but Lenny Kravitz ended up popularizing it even more.

American woman, stay away from me
American woman, mama, let me be

That is just the opening.
Then it gets interesting:

I don’t need your war machines
I don’t need your ghetto scenes
Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else’s eyes

Lenny Kravitz came under fire for those lyrics(again, they were not written by him), and for the risqué images of women in his music video.

Some say, the lyrics are about war and America. Perhaps America is a woman metaphorically speaking. Others say, it is the denigration of the American woman. Saying she is way more powerful than she should be.

In my mind, either reasoning is kind of a bad look for women in America, but how did we get here?

The rights and suffering of women has a long history



It's Ericajean

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