Feminism Friday: The Difference Between Luh and Love

J. Lo came out with the video for “I Luh Ya Papi” several months ago and it had to be a part of Feminism Friday (which, by the way, isn’t a thing anywhere but at the spiral, in case you were wondering) just on general principle.

It starts with Jennifer and her..friends? Crew? Entourage? Something? Sitting down with the dude who is trying to pitch how they will film her new video, which is, amazingly enough, “I Luh Ya Papi.” He suggests various ridiculous things to an attempting to be polite Jennifer, like a zoo or a water park, and makes some dumb comment about how people will think she’s saying “I Luh Ya PUPPY.”

He’s an idiot, and she has class. Moving on.

Her crew cackled at each dumb suggestion and finally say that if she was a guy, they’d be shooting this thing at a mansion or a yacht and would be objectifying the hell out of a bunch of half-naked women.

Cue J. Lo’s fabulous fantasy sequence, where she and her crew sing and dance while surrounded by men in tiny swimsuits. The camera lingers on a man soaping himself up while washing a car and the ladies delight in tugging down various speedos a bit.

Pros: Turns the typical female objectification on its head. It’s also a fun song, and J Lo is an awesome dancer.

Cons: I can hear the cries of “Not all men!” from here. Would have also liked to see more writhing from the men.

Feminism Grade: A

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Feminism Friday: All About That Booty

By this time, I’m fairly sure that everybody and their dog has heard Meghan Trainor’s song All About That Bass. And you should have, because it is ridiculously catchy and fun and I listened to it about five times in the row just a few minutes ago because I love it.

It’s sung by a girl who is not a skinny teeny thing, and actually that’s the first thing she says: “I guess it’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2,” which is AWESOME, because music and people everywhere need to see more of that.

BUT.

As ridiculously catchy and fun as it is, it is also problematic from a feminist perspective.

See, the very next thing Meghan Trainor says about not being size 2 is that she can “shake it like [she’s] supposed to do.”

Wait. We’re SUPPOSED to shake it? Why? I can’t walk like that – I feel stupid and then I fall over.

I, personally, love the chorus, about how her momma always told her not to worry about her size, because body positivity, yay!

And then we lose it with the next line: “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”

So it’s ok to be fat so long as the boys still like your body!

*facepalm*

And it’s weird, because one thing she repeats several times is “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

But only if the boys like your booty?

Pros: Wildly singable, catchy phrases. Plus size singer.

Cons: Conflicting info on if you are attractive or not, depending on your butt. Still gives male opinion of your looks priority over how you feel about yourself. I also have concerns over the portrayal of people of color in the video.

Feminism grade: C

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Gender Schmender

At some point, I will stop being annoyed by the conversation I had with my mother regarding my child and his gender expression* and actually discuss it in detail**, but for now, I give you a buzzfeed video that sums up multiple things that make me angry about how every fucking thing on earth is gendered.

*when he comes home with a black eye, it will be my fault
** HER friends would NEVER understand, because her friends comfort is OBVIOUSLY more important than my son’s

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Not a Lunchbox

Dear amazon.com,

I know that sometimes I search your site for things that might seem a little strange. You’ve probably gotten used to it. Matter of fact, I’m pretty sure you don’t even look at the things you throw my way anymore – not just in the recommended stuff, which is always a little odd, but in the ACTUAL SEARCH RESULTS. I know you don’t.

Because this?
EW FETAL PIG

THIS IS NOT A BENTO BOX.

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Day 1/Day 3

Day 1 of Second Grade:
Voldemort in My Little Pony shirt, bright shoes, and glasses

Day 3 of Second Grade:
Glasses horribly bent, one arm off and one fixed with bright pink duct tape

*sigh*

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