Amy Mantis


Her Strut - Bob Seger (And More)

Today was another no-guitar days.  That's not true.  I played for about 15 minutes between lunch and heading out to babysit.

I have become enamored with Bob Seger's "Her Strut."  If you're unfamiliar with it, get familiar with it.

Upon first listen, if you're a woman or a feminist (men can be feminists), it might sound offensive.  But if you look at the lyrics, it's really..not.  For starters, it's written about Jane Fonda.  Jane Fonda doesn't take any shit from anybody so if she finds it flattering, then I'm definitely on board.  Jane Fonda is a badass.

Secondly, Bob Seger was never known as a womanizer.  He's been married a few times, but I don't associate him with the rock n roll raping and pillaging that went on (as such with my beloved Led Zeppelin).  To me, Bob Seger is kind of like a teddy bear.  Especially these days.  And that's not a bad thing.

So let's take a gander at the words:

She's totally committed
To major independence
But she's a lady through and through
She gives them quite a battle
All that they can handle
She'll bruise some
She'll hurt some too
But oh they love to watch her strut
Oh they do respect her but
They love to watch her strut

Sometimes they'll want to leave her
Just give up and leave her
But they would never play that scene
In spite of all the talking
Once she starts walking
The lady will be all they ever dreamed
Oh they'll love to watch her strut
Oh they'll kill to make the cut
They love to watch her strut

Yeah love to watch her strut
Watch her strut

Bob opens it up with independence and being "a lady through and through."  She's a tough one too, and he says it much nicer than I just did.  If anything, this song is empowering.  There might be a hint of objectification, but you have to really wanna see it that way.

The first time I heard it (and paid attention) to the line "they do respect her but" I interpreted it as "butt," not "but."  My mistake, and I totally love the play on words there. Bobby, you know what you're doing.

I watch how guys walk.  Or run.  I totally look if I see someone attractive coming my way.  I don't see anything wrong with looking from both sexes.  "They love to watch her strut."  Of course they do.  Why wouldn't they?  If a beautiful woman walks by, I don't care if you're in a committed relationship or not, if you're a guy, you're gonna look.  And as I said earlier, there's nothing wrong with looking.

And in the case of Jane Fonda, in the 80s, despite her ridiculous clothes, she was hot.  And all legs (which is one of my favorite ZZ Top songs).