Lynn was known for pushing the boundaries on controversial topics, but that’s one of the many reasons we love her!
One of her more controversial songs, “Rated ‘X’,” made headlines because of its frank language and message about the double stands for men and women, mainly dealing with the stigma divorced women faced during the early 1970s.
“Well if you’ve been a married woman and things didn’t seem to work out/
Divorce is the key to bein’ loose and free so you’re gonna be talked about/
Everybody knows that you’ve loved once so they think you’ll love again/
You can’t have a male friend when you’re a has been of a woman you’re rated X
And if you’re rated X you’re some kind of goal every man might try to make.”
The song was released in 1972 and became Lynn’s sixth No. 1 country single.