What music videos are like for women everyday, ha! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKNcuTWzTVw
How’d ya like those apples? Two wrongs clearly make a right or maybe she is just making a point! I also think the song is cool! Love Marina! She’s a Diamond! 😀
I usually am a big fan of the 1975 but am not very impressed with this vid! Hmm! I know what the msg of the song is about that he feels the girl is too young for him but do they really need to make the girls objects like literally one girl is fitted away in the boot! And the girls are wearing 1% clothes and the guys are fully dressed just like every other pop video that comes out which they make adamant at the start that they are not! Come on now lads! Am a fan of other songs but not so much this! Am I missing something or what, is this meant to be ironic and a reflection of how the entertainment industry treats girls? Hmm! :O
Disgruntling to say the least to see people miss the point entirely when it comes to the issue of gender inequality, I think a bit empathy and insight into what it’s actually like for a women would go a long way in this male dominated world and music industry! Hopefully I can achieve this even in a small way through my blog and people will become a bit more informed in general and be more empathetic! If you document examples of everyday sexism, that does not make you sexist, what kind of rubbish do people spout?! *Facepalm! You know, just cuz something which is shitty that exists which is not part of your daily reality doesn’t mean that it does not exist for others! Don’t take your privilege for granted! Peace!
Here is an area where women can get some of the grievances that they face on a daily basis in the music industry off of their chests in a very safe and supportive environment! Vent away girls, we are all in this together and am trying to come to a solution to eradicate this bullshit that we face!
Very juxtaposing evening of being street harassed by a guy outside of BIMM, followed by a lovely song-writing workshop given by a lovely lady inside, the ying and yang of society! Ignorance versus education!
(Am not trying to create division btw! Just pointing out the evening that I had and how polar opposite that it was init!)
You’re already familiar with her badass vocals on tracks like Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’, and her own summer smash anthem ‘I Love It’. British singer Charli XCX is a force to be reckoned with and is taking the world by storm, touting feminism as one of her banner issues along with her music.
Charli is not the lone female wolf in the music industry who stands for feminism and who has spoken out about the discriminatory sexist ways female artists are treated. Bjork, Grimes and Nicki Minaj are just a few notable names who have detailed their own experiences being treated in a manner that would be standard fare amongst men.
In her HBO Documentary ‘Life is But A Dream’ Beyoncé talks about the inspiration to her girl power smash ‘Girls (Run The World)’ saying the treatment of women in the music industry and elsewhere in the world is what the song points to.
” Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men, or money, for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values, and to define what’s sexy, and what’s feminine, and that’s bullshit! At the end of the day its not about equal rights, its about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead, and reach as high as humanly possible. That’s what I’m gonna do, that’s my philosophy. And that’s what ‘Girls’ is all about,” she said.
And of course her famous pose in front of a massive ‘Feminist’ sign at the 2014 VMAs squashed all doubts about what she stands for.
But it seems there is a movement among women speaking out about the injustices they face, and Charli has now added her voice to this in a prominent way. In a documentary for BBC3 called “The F Word and Me”, she interviews other artists such as Marina and the Diamonds singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis, Jack Antonoff from Bleachers (aka Lena Dunham’s boyfriend), and singer Ryn Weaver to discuss what feminism means to them, and how it fits in within the current musical landscape.
“The ’F word’ — that’s feminism — is everywhere. Young kids are being blasting with what feminism is because Beyoncé’s standing in front of a massive screen that says ’feminism’ on it. And that’s great,” says Charli in the documentary.
She talks about the surge of girl-bands and girl power which we saw in groups such as The Spice Girls, but adds even they were reduced to stereotypes despite the seemingly empowering message. Today there is a generation of women breaking free from the trappings of the music industry trope of selling female artistry on sexuality alone, choosing to take control over their aesthetic to prove they can be empowered by other means.
Artists like Beyonce and Miley Cyrus are constantly fielding criticism and dividing many female opinions on whether they way they choose to present their sexuality and dress a certain way is empowering or still caving into the music industry, despite it being their decision.
One of the aspects of being a female artist that Charli takes issue with is constantly being asked “what it is like being a woman in the music industry” which she discusses with Marina. The ‘Fruit’ singer responds by basically saying it is a conversation still worth having.
“For me it’s not annoying. I do still think it’s relevant. Actually asking the question has made the topic very popular. For me personally there are a lot of things that still have to happen for women in music,” she said.
Tackling the body image aspect of feminism in music in a different way, Charli chats with Ryn Weaver about choosing not to shave her armpit hair and how others like Madonna and Miley Cyrus have recently made bold statements doing the same thing. For these women including Ryn and Charli, they believe it sends a message to young girls, who are so used to looking at tabloid magazines and excessively photoshopped celebrities, that being beautiful and sexy doesn’t have to be dictated by the media. The idea of self-directed body image and confidence in itself is a rebellious feminist statement going against the grain of conformity.
“For young girls who grow up with People magazine, and OK [magazine] and porn, I think it’s really amazing,” says Charli.
“This is the way you’re meant to look..you get to do whatever the hell you want to do with your own body because it’s your body and it’s not property of public domain…It just makes you seem more human and makes [little girls] feel like [they’re] allowed to be normal,” responds Ryn.
While image and fashion aren’t altogether demeaning topics, it’s when women in the public eye are constantly reduced to beings whose only value revolves around that, by the constant narrow barrage of questions relating to physical appearance, that it becomes a problem and starts to send the wrong message to female fans. Charli says it has become a frustrating aspect of her career having to field questions like this.
“I don’t really care about people who ask me what type of feminist I am or if I think it’s valid for me to be a feminist because I wear a short skirt. I think that’s just a stupid, stupid, stupid conversation,” she said.
By contrast, her interview with Jack Antonoff allows a male perspective on this issue and the two talk about the blatant double standards dished out to women compared to men. The idea of a man being a producer and songwriter, as well as singer is pretty standard, but to see an uber successful woman in the same light is often harder.
“No one wants to believe Taylor Swift writes the songs. And that’s such crap,” he said about working with the ‘Bad Blood’ popstar.
It’s more than just a feminist documentary, it is a challenging piece of pop culture insight that will hopefully help shape a generation of music fans and the way they look at female artists compared to men. The fight for female musicians to reclaim control over their public image while also being seen as legitimate as men who have gone against the grain and committed rebellious acts of non-conformity is ongoing, but fans have a crucial role to play.
Charli states that it is more important to focus on women as artists, rather than gendered beings who happen to play music. Perhaps then the issues of femininity in the music industry won’t be so problematic.
“Being a woman and talking about being a woman in this specific industry is such a confusing and layered subject. Everyone is aware that this question of what it’s like to be a woman in the music industry is important, but everybody is also kind of sick of it. And I think that maybe the better question is ‘What’s it like to be an artist?’” she asks.
If you are in the UK you can watch the documentary on the BBC3 website, and for the rest of us here are a couple of clips shared online which you can watch below:
I am not a black woman and obviously I cannot understand the struggle that some people have and have faced but a lot of this speech resonated with me and I’m sure it will with everyone, we should all be ourselves and love ourselves and we should all be celebrated! I love this speech! Respect Rihanna!