In between writing term papers and taking exams, recent Harvard grad Brynn Elliott was also writing and singing songs, and now she has a hit that’s getting airplay on Adult Top 40 radio and is expanding into Top 40.
“Might Not Like Me” is cute, bouncy, and fun with an “earworm” chorus, but the actual, literal message is that of a strong, confident, young woman who owns her accomplishments and can’t stomach boys who are intimidated by her.
Well if you don’t like girls that are stronger than you
And if you don’t like girls that are faster than you
And if you don’t like girls that are smarter than you
Well then you might not like me…
And if you don’t like girls that are tougher than you
And if you don’t like girls more darin’ than you
And if you don’t like girls braver than you
Well then you might not like me
…and that’s fine by me
Previous “feminist” songs, like Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” or Sheena Easton’s 1984 Grammy nominated “Strut” were strident and in your face, reflecting the ball-breaking 80s, when women came out slugging.
The recent debacle of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford’s Congressional testimony, and the concomitant fallout, is proof that the more things change the more they stay the same, however, “Might Not Like Me” is proof that the opposite is true, too: “things” have changed.