Planned to be the album's second single, "What It Feels Like For a Girl" was eventually released as the album's third single on April 17, 2001. Two new versions of the song were released to further promote the track. The first was a Spanish version of the song titled Lo Que Siente la Mujer, especially recorded for inclusion on the single as its B-side and eventually released as a promo-only single in Europe. Later it was added to the two-disc Tour Edition of Music and the Bonus Track edition of the album in some territories. The second was a trance version created by Above & Beyond, which was also dubbed as the single's version as well as being featured in its music video and the song's CD single. The CD single also features a remix produced by British DJ Paul Oakenfold, which transformed the song into "a massive, deep arena club stomper," as noted by Allmusic's Jose F. Promis.
The beginning of the song opens with a dialogue from the 1993 British film, The Cement Garden, directed by Andrew Birkin and starring his niece, Charlotte Gainsbourg. In the dialogue, Gainsbourg says:
"Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots. 'Cause it's OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading. 'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly you'd love to know what it's like... Wouldn't you? What it feels like for a girl."
The song is set in the key of Eb major, with Madonna's vocals spanning from the lower octave of G3 to the higher note of Bb4 note. The song is build from a groovy verse section, driven by a "cool beat" and filtered bass licks, towards a dreamy chorus washed over by tidal keys and pads.
|Released||March 22, 2001|
|VEVO views||2+ Million Views|