August 16, 2011
Of historical note for two reasons.
First, it established Twain’s affection for the exclamation point, a punctuation mark that she would take to ludicrous extremes in the years to come.
Second, and far more importantly, it firmly established her point of view on relationships. She’s really just looking for two things: respect and monogamy.
The bare midriffs and the playful videos were just the window dressing. What Twain was really selling was a distinctively feminist point of view, permanently shifting the perspective that all female country artists would sing and write from in the years to come.
A more careful historian would tally up the number of female victim songs, pre- and post-1995, but really, just check out the catalog of Reba McEntire for a simple case study.
Thanks to this record, victim queens are outta here.
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain