Bound 2: Is It Okay?

The first time I watched Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video, I was shocked, confused, appalled, you name it. For those of you who haven’t watched the video, it consists of Kanye West riding a motorcycle with his topless fiancé Kim Kardashian straddling and caressing him. While watching the video, questions were franticly running through…

Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here”

At the end of the day, the music video is a medium for entertainment and “Hard Out Here” is not exempt. Lily Allen reproduces sexist tropes in an effort to maybe educate, but more so, to entertain. With all of the video’s hype, Allen reinforces, rather than subverts, the value of female bodies in popular culture, especially in the music industry.

“You are a body of work” | The Mynabirds, Practices of Looking, & Possibilities of Re-imagining

So I’m kind of obsessed with The Mynabirds right now. My favorite song off their 2012 album is “Body of Work”: (Lyrics + video link, in case embedding fails.) After all our discussions about mainstream music culture and representations of gender therein, I started thinking about alternative sub-cultures and possible alternative narratives. I wondered if…

Something refreshing for us all

Seeing as last week we focused a lot on the ‘male gaze’ and how women were portrayed as sex objects in a male dreamworld, I made it a challenge for myself to find at least three music videos where the women were strong or just… you know… actual people.

Britney Spears: Star vs. Entourage

The movie Dreamworld 3 presented some female artists original desire to present themselves in a less hyper-sexualized manner. The movie uses Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera as examples, but also shows their gradual movement from “innocent” girl to over sexualized women. The movie argues that the women fell victim to the male dominated industry, in essence they changed in…

“23” and Lacan

Within Lacan fresh in my head, I immediately noticed the presence of the mirror shots in Miley Cyrus’s new music video for “23.” The first shot is seen at 0:41 and the second at 5:01. While Lacan focuses on the mirror stage, which occurs between the ages of 6 and 18 months, the video made…