ABSTRACT

This chapter is a necessarily speculative investigation of feminist reactions to the Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet, and the song ‘Stray Cat Blues,’ based upon writing and criticism during the period of the album’s initial release. I ask why the nasty and naughty vignettes depicted in Beggar’s Banquet, including the pedophilia portrayed in ‘Stray Cat Blues’ accepted by female critics and listeners older and younger alike, and whether all (white) female fans of the Stones in that era (and beyond) labored under false consciousness thereby contributing to our own continued patriarchal oppression? I speculatively conclude that it was not yet necessary for female critics of the era to respond to rock misogyny, which had yet to infuse emergent rock culture, and that female fans could access the psychically liberating of aspects of Beggars Banquet available to all.