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    Empress Of Challenges Gender Norms with 'Woman is a Word': Listen

    The singer doesn't want to fit in a socially-confined box

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    Empress Of (a.k.a. Lorely Rodriguez) released her debut album Me last September, but the New York singer/songwriter continues to pour out new music. Her latest, titled "Woman is a Word," dropped today—and it's the perfect #MondayMotivation for us ladies.

    In an interview with Jezebel, the singer explained the song's meaning:

    "Sometimes as a songwriter and a human, I feel very restricted by words. One word can have so much social implication, standard, limitation, qualification that it doesn't give a person their own opportunity to really choose their identity. I wrote 'Woman Is A Word' at a time when I felt like the word 'woman' put me in a box of things I was capable to do, things that defined me that didn't necessarily define me."

    With lyrics like “You don’t know me, you don’t know me" and “I’m only a struggle if I get in your way,” Empress Of challenges gender rules head on over a fluttering synthpop groove that will whisk you away from Manhattan's current not-so-summery rainstorm.

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