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Spin magazine says the revival of the year is "women [who] rock the main stage," providing Evanescence, The Distillers, The Donnas and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs as evidence.

I don't know anyone who likes any of those bands though.

Every once in a while, some media outlet will run a piece on "women in rock," praising just about any woman currently popular in music for being strong and whatnot. This is the equivalent of praising a koala with diarrhea. Yes, it's exotic, but that doesn't mean the shit it produces is any good.

I'm all for equal opportunity, but, like wrestling, I think rocking is an activity better left to men.

Case in point: Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American. The chick from That Dog ruins the second half of what is, up until then, a good album.Second case in point: Ani DiFranco.

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The Spice Girls sold more records hawking their pre-packaged "girl power" than Evanescence, The Distillers, The Donnas and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs combined ever will.

This year, six-string vixens Liz Phair and Jewel revived their careers by turning to pop music.

A recent Rolling Stone "women in rock" issue featured Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys on the cover, none of whom actually rock.

Let's face it: people prefer women who don't rock.

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