Final Project

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For my final presentation, I wanted to explore the world of music videos by recording my own song and creating my own music video. I focused on the ideals that many female artists use in their “feminist” music videos, by dressing as men typically do as well as making the videos in black and white. I used the beat the song “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, in the song that I recorded, I also made fun of the lyrics that Iggy Azalea used in her song in order to go along with the idea of the parody. While recording the song, I could not help but think of Benedict’s piece “Virgin or Vamp”, how a certain type of woman attracts a certain type of attention, good and bad. When my friend and I wrote the lyrics to this song, we kept in mind how we want to be portrayed as women as well as how we believe women should be portrayed in general. All in all, it was a lot of fun producing this song as well as filming this music video.

Lyrics:

First things first, don’t wanna hear it

Don’t got time to listen to you declare it

Let’s forget everything what we know, start from scratch and from there we’ll go

We about that grown woman life, lemme tell you what it is, listen real close

 

You should want a bad bitch like this

Did I say bitch?

I meant to say, oh shhh, did I forget to mention I took that word back?

When we say we’re bossy,

We are just bitchy

You cant use it, use it against me

I’m not worried about what you have to say, totally fine with it in fact I really don’t care

 

I’m so fancy,

You already know,

Can’t you see I’m a girl?

This ain’t no mans world

I’m so fancy,

Can’t you see my goals?

I’m going places, in case you didn’t know.

 

Women we do this its true, that we rule this

Tryna be equal in eyes of the people,

Men always hatin’, shamin’, and tamein’

But we dont listen cus we have risen,

Gotta get that same equal pay,

At home hard work for the day

I swear these men be trippin need to meet us halfway,

Tryna make us obey,

Putting our rights on delay,

Even when they have our bodies up for display,

We tell em, who dat, who dat, dat that, do that,

Taking care of the kids I thought they knew that, knew that,

We that G-I-R-L with our names in bold,

Finally gonna stop being controlled.

 

I’m so fancy,

You already know,

Can’t you see I’m a girl?

This ain’t no mans world

I’m so fancy,

Can’t you see my goals?

I’m going places, in case you didn’t know.

 

Let them all know

Got no problem with my little clothes

If I’m doing wrong,

Slut shame me lemme know what’s up

Come closer I can’t hear

Sorry I got all this gold dripping out my ears

Please do not touch, I work hard to get what I want

Aow aow

 

Misogyny can make us stupid

Objectification makes us even dumber

If we don’t help ourselves how do we expect to change all this

Can’t fight sexism with sexism, hope now you all know

We can hold you down, if you’re willing to learn

 

Who dat, who dat, dat do that, do that

G-I-R-L

Who dat, who dat, dat do that, do that

G-I-R-L

 

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Final Project Proposal

For my final project I plan to create a video portraying the male gaze through something like a music video. It is going to be a play on how women are treated in real life and music videos as well as address how men are typically objectified in music videos by female artists. This is going to be an abstract piece that I envision where both men and women are struggling with objectification. I believe that the problem is not that women are constantly being objectified in music videos and so they feel the need to objectify men, I think that there should not be any objectifying at all. Women and men objectify each other in this day and age so I think it is important to portray that.

I have watched videos made by women over the years regarding being a woman or how it would feel to be a man as well as more recent parodies of women objectifying men. I think bell hooks’ piece from Black Looks: Race and Representation, discusses are race relations in regards to the male gaze but I think she also gives her audience a good sense of how everyone “gazes”, it is not sex specific.  The overall goal of this film will be to express how uncomfortable women feel when experiencing the gaze and the pressure of being a woman in today’s society as well as how the sexes can do more together rather than against each other.

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Sources:

bell hooks Black Looks: Race and Representation

Susan Douglas, Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media