I don’t have cable and haven’t had it for years. Every time I go to the gym I’m reminded why. Here’s what I see on the 8 TV’s put up for our viewing pleasure. Picture it if you can: tits and ass. Yep. Scantily clad women, dethroned only by the next scantily clad woman.
Where are all these women in every day life that wear outfits such as short, short, shorty shorts and halter tops? I don’t see them but I don’t know how I could miss them since every other music video suggests to me that they hang out in packs. Where are they? Are they actually in the clubs with men who are not only fully clothed, but wearing sunglasses and either cooly dismissive of the hard-to-miss hot babe or stupid grinny while the hot babe shakes this and seductively eyes that?
I gather boys/men watching enjoy the show. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to take away from it. Yesterday, I practically felt like I’d been assaulted by Nicki Minaj’s breasts as she leaned into the camera and squeezed.
How do we make it stop? Being sexy, feeling sexy, acting sexy are not bad things. But it’s like a race to the bottom (no pun intended) in music videos. The scenarios get more and more ridiculous and the songs are nothing more than vessels by which to carry this crap.
In my early teens, Duran Duran came out with Girls On Film and the video was all the talk. Of course there was the edited version that we saw on MTV or MuchMusic here in Canada, and an unedited one that wasn’t so easy for anyone to get their hands on. This was way before widespread internet.
In the edited version, pretty much the only one we were privy to, there were some gratuitous shots of chests and butts, but at least the women were ultimately in power positions. One takes out a sumo wrestler, the other gets the better of a male a lifeguard, one other rides on a man dressed as a horse, and another massages a man to either exhaustion or death. And, the men are pretty much as naked as the women. Sure, ridiculous scenarios, a little racy (for early 80’s), but there was a playful quality and it did not depict girls hanging around wiggling, giving it all they’ve got, as a man has way better things to do than pay anything other than fleeting attention, if any at all. Each vignette was a story damn it!
In a 2013 music video version I imagine the chorus alone, “girls on film”, would be an excuse to have a whole pack of women (because it would seem that’s how we travel – unless you’re Nicki Minaj) being filmed gyrating in skimpy, skimpier and skimpiest outfits for no other reason but to be gyrating in super skimpy outfits. I bet they wouldn’t be cast to look strong or in charge so much as fill the role as silly, meek and disposable props.
That’s my beef. Women, in most music videos you look silly, meek and disposable. It bugs me. We’re more than tits and ass so let’s be more than tits and ass! Lead the way, Nicki.