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Badaljams: Woman, Get Out

Welcome back to Badaljams—where we explore inspiring, taboo-teasing, body positive, and (of course) controversial music that have contributed to the global movement for gender justice.

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Susheela Raman’s “Woman”—a track from her 2001 debut album—dishes out tough love to anyone in the vicious cycles of abuse, be that emotional, mental, or physical. The message is clear: get the hell out. The song concludes with “Om Kring Kalikaye Namah,” a Sanskrit chant to Kali Ma traditionally used to transform one to pure consciousness through Kali Ma’s destructive yet ultimately fruitful ways.

While “Woman” makes no specific reference to gender-based violence, Raman’s powerful voice layered with the warrior-like chant of transformation at the end makes us want to get up, don warpaint, and kick some misogynistic ass.