Or if Britney wasn’t tell all men to “suck my fucking toe.” Or, you know, if THE Beyonce hadn’t performed in front of a GIANT SIGN that literally said FEMINIST on MTV. Taylor Swift, Grimes, Katy Perry, SIA and Lady Gaga, to name a few, all have a heavy hand in writing, composing and producing their own music. It’s one thing if you’re writing your own music about loving the male gaze, or wanting to look good for that Canadian human mop Justin Bieber.
I get dressed for ME, I wear lipstick for ME and so should YOU, Selena.
You, your fans and top 40 radio deserve better than this.
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Madonna making an age appropriate album instead of making us pretend for the millionth year in a row that she’s 21. A woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body? Let that sink in like a long, wet fart from a stranger 5 minutes into your hour long bus commute.
It’s not shocking AT ALL anymore when modern pop stars do something “shocking.” You know what would be shocking?
That’s why when I saw the cover for Selena Gomez’s upcoming album “Revival,” I was nothing but disappointed at it’s sad attempt to be shocking, because I was unaware that patriarchal nudity was still considered shocking. Based on the lyrical content of her latest single “Good For You,” I don’t think so: Gonna wear that dress you like, skin-tight Do my hair up real, real nice And syncopate my skin to your heart beating ‘Cause I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh Let me show you how proud I am to be yours Leave this dress a mess on the floor And still look good for you, good for you, uh-huh First of all: honey, it’s 2015. A 23-year-old female pop singer is singing a song written by dudes, about wanting to please dudes and look good for dudes. It’s not as if songs like these haven’t been hitting our mom’s Dodge Caravan radios for decades/millennia, but the tides have turned.
For real: Is she challenging the patriarchy by showing us her naked body on this album? Rihanna is known for not writing her music, but at least she has the intelligence and will to curate empowering music like “Bitch Better Have My Money” that tears the shit out of the patriarchy.
More and more people learn about what rape culture is everyday. And “Good For You” is nothing if not another tired attempt at perpetuating harmful patriarchal ideas, like women only wanting to look good for the male gaze, or that anybody not going to their senior prom is wearing an updo.
Which begs the question: Was Selena so hungry for a hit song that she didn’t care about the contents? Is her career managed by 40+ year old men who have total boners for the patriarchy? This is hardly the first time she’s sang a song that is decidedly anti-feminist (no wonder Rihanna passed on “Come and Get It“).
It would be one thing if feminism wasn’t being talked about EVERYWHERE.
Or if Taylor Swift, arguably the queen of the entire music industry right now, hadn’t ignited conversation about the importance of being a feminist for the past year. But we live in a really special time in mainstream music right now where women are writing and producing their own music more than ever before in a typically male-dominated industry. And it’s about goddamn time to have actual female perspectives via the written word in mainstream music.