Sep 062010
 
Authors: Anna Baldwin and Eugene Daniels

By Anna Baldwin

Don’t ever, ever let Eugene talk you into being in a music video that he directs. He’ll have you washing a stretch limo wearing eight-inch stilettos. Or if that sounds like something you would be into, then, by all means, contact us by the e-mail listed at the end of this column and get something set up.

Anyway, we all can recognize music videos by how they portray women in a negative way. And it’s in many genres: rap, hip-hop, rock, alternative, indie, pop, oldies, country, classic rock, techno, soul, trance, screamo, hardcore, metalcore, hair metal, tribute band music, bluegrass, jazz, non-secular, and karaoke.
Let’s face it: it’s in all videos.

OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration. But the appearance of even one woman wearing leopard print, tight pants while sitting supposedly seductively on the hood of a car is one woman too many.

Women wearing practically nothing and shaking their backsides is not exactly an everyday occurrence. Probably.
So, when males see this on their TV or computer screens, they come to expect this out of the women in their lives. I don’t know about you, but I will never be participating in that kind of, um, dancing. That’s a lot of pressure. It’s like a huge cloud always hovering over my head. I can’t touch my toes anyway.

Continuing on, these music videos make women be viewed as objects. I know, I know, you’ve heard this all before, but let’s talk about it once more. The reason this is so is because they become what all men fantasize and think about everyday but do not necessarily have in real life. To males, these women aren’t real because they are not there in the flesh. Thus, they are not humans.

Conclusion of these facts: These is not good, mmmk? So, let’s quit catering to these unrealistic expectations. Let’s pick us a hobby to fill our time so we aren’t thinking about possibly performing in a video. Or better yet, let’s make the men in our lives start a hobby so their heads won’t continue to be filled with long legs. Like, golfing. That’s a good one.

The female opinion on this matter is that these individuals in these music videos behave in a manner that is less than appealing and desirable for all other females. And the reason this is occurring is because we are letting it happen.

So, let’s demand better behavior from ourselves and all other females. Someone should start a petition. 

By Eugene Daniels

Well, well, well. It’s the first column and instead of doing a fun little one, we decided to go straight for controversy. Since the “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Cherry Pie” videos, women have become the go-to extras for hip-hop and rock videos.

Now while Anna may think that my music video girls would be wearing eight-inch stilettos, I’m much more reasonable –– you don’t have to wear any shoes at all. But I digress.

Like all, well, at least most men, I enjoy looking at the female form. From models to regular girls on the CSU campus, women are a beautiful thing to just sit and admire or even ogle to the point where it becomes borderline creepy.

So the women (I think they like to be called actresses) in music videos are definitely a good group to do that to, mostly because they can’t see you staring at them like a fat kid looks at red velvet cake.

Now while many people feel as if the rappers and rock stars who perform the songs degrade these women, I completely disagree with them. The dictionary definition of degrade is, “to treat or regard someone with contempt or disrespect.”

And the fact of the matter is that no one is putting a gun to any of these women’s heads and forcing them to shake it like a saltshaker.

The women are doing it to themselves, and unless 50 Cent begins tying women down and taking their clothes off for videos, the blame will continue to be on the women.

In this instance, the degrader and the degraded are the exact same person. Stop putting the blame on us men and put the blame on the right person –– the video “actresses,” “models” or whatever other acceptable and politically correct term you want to coin for them.

Of course, the directors and stars could change the concept of their videos to include women who are wearing more than dental floss and stripper boots, but they won’t because sex sells and everyone knows that. So unless women begin to boycott these videos and demand that they can wear business suits or sweat pants, it will continue.

Now I know what some of you may be thinking. Because I think the men aren’t doing the degrading, would I be OK with a woman in my family being in Snoop Dogg’s newest video?

The answer is … hell no. I would never want to see my sisters, mother, aunts or grandmothers (hey, you never know) pouring chocolate syrup on themselves on MTV. (Excuse me while I go vomit at that imagery).

So when women stop going to the casting calls for these videos, this portrayal of women will go away. But until then, we men will continue to stare and fantasize.

Anna Baldwin is a senior journalism major, and Eugene Daniels is a junior journalism major. Mars vs. Venus appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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