The song Just Because I am a Woman by Dolly Parton has been controversial and pivoting in the same breath. It was daring during the time it was released. No one has ever tried to sing about equating the proverbial faults of a woman in a relationship to that of a man’s, and for that, we applaud Parton.
Just Because I am a Woman
The lyrics are loud and clear. Just Because I am a Woman admonishes her boyfriend’s passing judgement on her previous sexual encounters, even though he is guilty of the same behaviors. She claims that she is no different from him, so the judgement isn’t justified. Check out the lyrics below.
“I can see you’re disappointed
By the way you look at me
And I’m sorry that I’m not
The woman you thought I’d be
Yes, I’ve made my mistakes
But listen and understand
My mistakes are no worse than yours
Just because I’m a woman”
Parton wrote the song in response to her husband’s questioning, and her subsequent reaction if she was ever been with a man before him. There was a huge wave of positive feedback with regards to this song. Critics called Parton’s style sincere and stylish. The song peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.
Listen to the amazing song here!
Where Dolly Fits
In an interview about Parton’s choice of messages in her songs and how she fits in side by side with her contemporaries, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, this was what she had to say:
“I think I was a little different from them. Loretta had a house full of kids and she wrote those being brought down by men songs. Hers were more about home life and all the women who had children and I totally love and respect her.
Tammy could sing any number of things but she was also singing that Stand By Your Man. I was singing songs like Just Because I’m A Woman … my mistakes are no worse than yours just because I’m a woman. I think we all did our little thing. I just filled my spot.”