Sunday, June 12, 2011
Who Run the World?
So, Beyonce' has a new hit song called Who Run the World (Girls). Here it is above in case you haven't heard it.
This video below is a response that has been circulating around Facebook and online. Plus, Lisa posted it in the coffee house discussion area in class.
I would suggest checking out the responses people have. I think a lot of people touch on some interesting insights about the song, Beyonce, and the view of nineteenpercent (Lies video maker).
I personally think there are a lot of points being missed. I think that the dynamic of all the false girl power messages girls get is contradictory to "women's issues" they should be aware of. I like that the platform is a point of discussion, but I think that primarily, the song should be interpreted as saying that women don't get the credit for how much they do, in fact, run and that they should have a catchy anthem to feel empowered by and get angry. Have you noticed how a lot f songs now are voicing their anger or independent feelings? Examples: Rolling in the Deep (There's a fire burning in my heart, reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark), Big Girls Don't Cry (It's personal myself and I, we got some figuring out to do),etc. Listen to "I'm sorry boy I hope you still like me. F*** you, pay me" in Run the World, Beyonce is angry, too.
Also, at first I thought Beyonce was contradicting herself by saying "girls" and not women run the world. Then I thought, maybe she isn't going along with the infantilization of women, but de-infantilizing the connotations of "girl". People who are delicate and infantile can't run the world, but declaring that girls can is empowering in of itself. While I think an equal society is key, the bottom line is I have to give Beyonce credit for making a song people want to listen to in a media that still has a lot to work out in terms of what is said about girls and women.