“When You Say No – What Do You Mean?” Gender in Israeli Popular Songs
In this two-part class, Rachel Korazim examines the treatment of gender in Israeli music. Believe it or not, “When You Say No – What Do You Mean?” was the title of a very popular song in Israel of the 1960’s. “The Waltz for Nature Protection” by Naomi Shemer is not really about protecting flowers. And why did we enjoy a song where male soldiers discussed the weight of Dinah Barzilai? This seminar traces the evolution and changes in the treatment of gender in Israeli popular songs and engages in an honest reading of popular Israeli songs with troubling lyrics.
NOTE: This series was part of our Hartman Summer 2020 month-long celebration of Jewish ideas, All Together Now.