"Sister Blister" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
You and me we're cut from the same cloth
It seems to some we famously get along
But you and me are strangers to each other
'Cause you and me: competitive to the bone

Such tragedy to trample on each other with how much we've endured
With the state this land is in

You and me feel joined by only gender
We are not all for one and one for all

Sister blister we fight to please the brothers
We think their acceptance is how we win
They're happy we're climbing over each other
To beg the club of boys to let us in

You and me estranged from the mother
You and me have felt impotent in our skin
You and me have taken it out on each other
You and me disloyal to the feminine

Such a pity to disavow each other with how far we've come
With how strong we've been

You and me are on this pendulum together
You and me with scarcity still fueling

Sister blister we fight to please the brothers
We think their acceptance is how we win
They're happy we're climbing over each other
To beg the club of boys to let us in

We may not have priorities same
We may not even like each other
We may not be hugely anti-men
But such a cost to dishonor a sister

You and me have made it harder for the other
We forget how hard separatism has been
You and me we can help change their minds together
You and me in alignment until the end

Sister blister we fight to please the brothers
We think their acceptance is how we win
They're happy we're climbing over each other
To beg the club of boys to let us in


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"Sister Blister" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentI love this song...
    suhaon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics of this song are very powerful to me, i think its about women who sabotage eachother in the name of men.
    ''such a pity to disavow each other with how far we've come
    with how strong we've been''
    thats explaining how much pain women have been through in the past just trying to get the right to speak, and after how far we have come, we still trample on eachother to win the aproval of some guy who will more than likely just give us hell anyway!
    And no...I'm not a lesbian lol
    that_sullen_girlon July 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree with that totally - after all the hisotorical battles of women fighting to be independent of men and becoming a sisterhood, we abolish this by fighting for men, and falling over ourselves and trampling on eachother in order to impress them. A great song, we need to unite, girlies!
    CakeAndSodomy69on August 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlol its odd, i see it as, like everyone else, two female friends arguing over men. But i also see it as sabotaging yourself for a man. a bit scitzophrenic, but like arguing with yourself, like a split personality.
    genevieve313on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about the problems facing the early feminist movement (and still facing feminists today). The divide between groups within feminism..."you and me feel joined by only gender
    we are not all for one and one for all" clearly refers to the realisation that there were differences in the needs and experiences of individual groups within the movement (often down to class and race differences) which lead to divisions within feminism. Gender alone was not enough to join them.
    "we forget how hard separatism has been"- another indication that this song is about the feminist movement, there is disagreement amongst feminists about whether or not seperatism (emphasizing male/female differences) helps or hinders their cause. I think this is an excellent song by alanis and should've made the U.R.S final cut. It stands alone from much of her catalogue in that it doesn't focus primarily on a specifically personal experience (although i am not saying this is a particulkarly good or bad thing). What do people think about my comments?
    dandeman2010on March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn answer to the message of this song: AMEN TO THAT! The way I look at it its about the crime its is to "disavow a sister", how women have had to fight tooth and nail to get where we are and still have ground that is untaken and yet we waste our time sabotaging each other by backstabbing, slandering and competing over men. This song is definatly stirring and one worth A LOT of discussion and worht using in discussion.
    lipsticknlezikisseson August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSomething simmilar to what P!nk was referring to with "stupid girls".
    starfaeryon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell i understand what the song is trying to say.
    i just don't see how women are sabotaging each other, or i don't see this rivalry between women. I do think that women try to become more equal to men by reaching for those top jobs for example but i don't see how women are fighting with each other over men.
    mlfm256on May 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmlfm256, it's not just specifically talking about women fighting over men. It's a much more vast problem, like the fact that women degrade and demean each other to men to make themselves seem like "one of the boys". Like calling each other sluts or whores, while men are allowed to get away with the same behaviour or it doesn't even come up (like with how they dress). It's about the double-standards that exist between the sexes and how women use the same language against each other that men use to put us down.

    The entire song is how women can attack each other over things like men, jobs, looks, etc; it divides us when we need to be more united.

    It also says to me that we fight to be accepted by men and to get into their "boys' clubs" instead of wanting to do things on our own terms.
    gingerpillon September 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhile there may well have been an external object in Al's mind when she wrote this, she's working on a more internal level here primarily. Al understands internal conflicts and something called "borderline personality organization."

    She has gone down this road before (see "Mary Jane" and "Break," for example).

    Al is =very= aware of her internal conflicts and uses her writing to try to work through them so that she is less (unconsciously) "split in two" and more (consciously) "integrated."

    Authors like Pia Mellody and Claudia Black, as well as Marsha Linehan and Glenn Schiraldi (the latter two at a more technical level), have written a lot about this topic.
    naughtmoseson September 10, 2009   Link

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