Pink - Stupid Girls (Video stream)


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“Outcasts and girls with ambition/ That’s what I want to see."



So the music’s nothing special (think ‘Most Girls’ monotony rather than ‘Get the Party Started’ bounce) but I’ve got to applaud Pink on her good intentions. J-Simpson, MK, La Lohan et al: it’s a veritable SNL skit of tabloid-worthy behaviour, and, unlike Jewel’s sell-out faux-ironic 'Intuition' video, there’s actual humor in this one - albeit the inflatable bra variety.

Because it’s true. She may dress it up in spoof costumes and fake tan, but100lb blondes being praised for their cokearexic figures and healthy work-out regimes isn’t really the vision of an empowered gender I want. Size fourteen is not fat. Food is not the enemy. Go watch Marilyn Monroe in ‘Some Like it Hot’ and think about where the hell we are as a society when flesh is scorned for bone and our conception of beauty is so fucking screwed that it takes actual effort for me not to be seduced into working out five times a week, or taking some warped kind of pride in the attainment of a perfectly flat stomach.

Yeah, I know. Another feminist rant. But come on people, doesn’t it say enough that these rants are still relevant? That their content has barely changed in half a damn century? If it all really was a craftily-orchestrated conspiracy to inspire women to loathe their basic selves, then at least there would be some sense to it. But really, it’s just the basic fabric of our world – and isn’t that the saddest thing? Oh, right, sorry. Just laugh at the silly video.

(And don’t even get me started on those Amnesty ‘public opinions about rape’ surveys – I’m still in denial.)


2 Responses to “Pink - Stupid Girls (Video stream)”

  1. Anonymous pokka 

    Although I find the malnourished look quite repulsive, I don't think this is where the debate should be. In short, why do women take their cues from T.V, magazines and film? This is the REAL problem. A culture of "sisterhood" would negate any impulse to take these images seriously. This is not as far-fetched as you might think. Studies have shown that women who identify strongly with a particular ethnic group do not feel pressured by images of thin women.

    The body image debate is pointless if fought on the grounds of corruption by the media. The question should be: why don't women want to support each other? Those without a sense of belonging are doomed to a life of corruption by external forces.

  2. Anonymous pokka 

    Although I find the malnourished look quite repulsive, I don't think this is where the debate should be. In short, why do women take their cues from T.V, magazines and film? This is the REAL problem. A culture of "sisterhood" would negate any impulse to take these images seriously. This is not as far-fetched as you might think. Studies have shown that women who identify strongly with a particular ethnic group do not feel pressured by images of thin women.

    The body image debate is pointless if fought on the grounds of corruption by the media. The question should be: why don't women want to support each other? Those without a sense of belonging are doomed to a life of corruption by external forces.

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