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Throughout history music has served as a way for artists to express their feelings and beliefs on many different subjects Often songs contain messages concerning socialization issues such as gender relationships emotions and life stages Ani DiFranco is a musician who uses her art as a method of conveying her thoughts and feelings about societal issues In her music which can be described as a combination of folk and punk Ani questions convention and discusses topics that are often considered taboo Anis views are often considered to be the epitome of post-feminist ideals Ani wrote the song Out of Habit when she was eighteen years old after just having moved to New York City The main message of the song is the way in which life can be so mundane and repetitive that it becomes almost habitual The butter melts out of habit the toast isnt even warm This song expresses to the listener how a person on the brink of adulthood copes with everyday encounters A large portion of the song is devoted to gender issues specific to females A man propositions Ani play to play a song for him and she is forced to suspect ulterior motives The listener is informed through Anis lyrics that she has been emotionally and physically hurt by lovers in the past and does not need to be lured by the man In this Ani is bringing forth matters about a womans need to be weary of men in lieu of the strife that is often associated with relationships In conjunction with the title of the song the listener also assumes that women suspect malevolent intentions from men out of habit Ani completely encapsulates the mindset of an eighteen-year-old individual struggling to become accustomed to a new environment At this age Ani knows where her passion lies yet she cant understand exactly the reasons behind her passions You know art is why I
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