For decades, Rock and Roll has evolved from blues into many subgenres, and many new artists have appeared on the rock scene. One thing that has not changed is the male domination over the rock and roll scene. Over the years, a strong female presence in rock has declined considerably.

Earlier generations of rock fans held high women in rock who were able to make their existenceknown among legions of fans. Among these women were included Janis Joplin, Chrissie Hynde, Heart, Pat Benatar, and Joan Jett. These women were strong, independent and knew how to rock just as hard as any of their male counterparts without letting their sex stop them. Aside from that, they had considerable talent both voice wise, as nothing could be digitally edited over and in their songwriting, many taking that task upon themselves.

Today's female entertainers, however, are a far different story.

Instead of being encouraged, to rock just as hard as the men, and let everyone know you don't care what anyone else thinks of you, female entertainers are being steered towards just the opposite. In today's music industry, it seems as though one must be as scantily clad as possible, and dance as suggestively as possible just to gain attention from fans. This promotion is heavily visible in ever so popular acts such as Shakira, Ciara, and the infamous Britney Spears.

Labels tend to promote their female artists as having a rock edge by referring to them as "pop-rock" when in actuality they deliver nothing more than bubblegum pop with extra guitar. Artists such as Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson are manufactured with a wanna-be rock appearance to them, but upon listening to their actual music it is plainly nothing more than whining girl drama over loves now lost and pop-orientated tracks about friends their childhoods.

Former Disney child stars Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan have also been marketed by their respective labels as having more rock, less pop albums. What these two starlets lack, aside from the rock sound, is actual talent. Where past female stars, and even Lavigne and Simpson have shown talent vocally, Duff and Lohan must rely on voice improvement technology in order to make what should be pure talent sound somewhat bearable. Unfortunately, labels are appearing more interested in names than talent.

Despite these flawed attempts at a new female presence in rock, there have been some female success stories. Sort of. All female bands Hole and Bikini Kill experienced success in the nineties, but have since disbanded and left hardly a mark upon those who were not into rock during their height. Many may know Courtney Love, the former lead singer of Hole, for her consistent legal troubles, but her strength as a strong female presence in modern rock is often overlooked.

One of the most famous female entertainers this year began her career as the lead singer for a punk/ska band by the name of No Doubt. When Gwen Stefani first broke out onto the music scene, she was flanked by her three male counterparts, rather than four Japanese dancers, or Harajuku Girls. Prior to her 2004 solo effort, Stefani acted the part of a girl living in a man's world, which she essentially was in fact doing. She was often seen sporting baggy pants, a tank top, and her platinum blonde hair in a ponytail, singing about the unfairness of being sheltered from the world because of her sex and lashing out against those who did shelter her. Now, she can be seen dancing around the stage just the same as those she rebelled against becoming a decade ago, wailing about what she would do if she were rich; apparently no one gave Gwen the memo to let her know she already is.

Long gone are the days of female performers standing up and lashing out against society and those who press them to conform in rock. They have been undermined by those who are less talented, less rebellious, and less rock, but have more teen appeal. Perhaps someday soon, the true female rock star will return. But until that time comes, it seems as though we will be left to endure the faux rockers that are cropping up everywhere. As Gwen Stefani sings in her popular hit 'Hollaback Girl', "Thisshit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S."