The Family Jewels album artwork
Marina and the Diamonds
The Family Jewels
Released February 15, 2010
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Length 3:28
Label 679, Atlantic
Writer Marina Diamandis, Liam Howe, Pascal Gabriel
Producer Pascal Gabriel, Liam Howe
The Family Jewels track listing
"Girls" is track number 4.
Previous track
"I Am Not A Robot"
Next track
"Mowgli's Road"

"Girls" is a song by Marina and the Diamonds on her first studio album, The Family Jewels. The song centers around the negative beliefs and habits forced on—and acted out by—women in society.

Background and meaningEdit

On June 23, 2008, Diamandis mentioned on her Myspace blog that she had recently co-wrote the track with Gabriel and Howe, revealing that "the lyrics came out rather quickly in the writing process, but the idea and sentiment behind the song have been brewing for a [very] long time." She stated that she was extremely uninspired by women, noting a "massive shortage of strong, inspiring females in mainstream society."[1]

Marina has spoken about this song in an interview, saying, "It's a call for women to stop being ...enemies. These days you're either a nun or a whore, to be one or neither, all or none. I want to help redefine women's place in society."[2]

In 2011, Diamandis admitted that the song could be viewed as misogynistic, revealing that the song makes her cringe. After being accused of "unsisterly bitchiness" for making the song, she stated that "that obviously isn’t how I meant it," describing that it was as much about battling with record labels over image.[3]






  1. Marina Blogs. "Blog on girls, fat, and how i'm a 'misogynist'." Accessed May 14, 2013.
  2. The Bowery Presents. "Marina & The Diamonds." Accessed May 14, 2013.
  3. Lilia Diu, Nisha. The Telegraph. "I'm Marina, You're the Diamonds." Accessed May 14, 2013.

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