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Gwen Stefani says, "I ain't no hollaback girl" in her song. What does it mean?

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Because Stefani never disclosed the song title's meaning, reviewers came up with various interpretations. In a satirical, line-by-line analysis of the song's lyrics, OC Weekly critic Greg Stacy humorously speculated that "Gwen is apparently the captain of the cheerleader squad; she is the girl who 'hollas' the chants, not one of the girls who simply 'hollas' them back".[6] The most commonly accepted meaning is that a hollaback girl responds to a confrontation with words but that Stefani would rather take initiative and "step it up". However, the term can be traced to American construction workers of the 1940s used to denigrate females that would positively respond to their "catcalls" or hollers.[7]

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Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani are not friends. As the story goes, Love called Stefani a "cheerleader" in Seventeen, and Stefani hit back with the release of Hollaback Girl, said to be inspired by Love. Key lyrics include, "I ain't no Hollaback Girl," and, "This shit is bananas/B-A-N-A-N-A-S." Not one to back down from a good fight, in April 2010, Love announced on Howard Stern's radio show that she slept with Stefani's husband, Gavin Rossdale, while the couple was dating. Love claims she and Rossdale were together for eight months, that "he was lovely," they "had a really good time," that he was also sleeping with "everyone ... yeah ... and a few other people," and Stefani knew about it.

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This may explain how hollaback girl was popularized, but it still doesn't explain what it means. –  choster Oct 14 at 16:37

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