“Girl Power!”?

Are anthems like Beyonce’s “Run the World” and other expressions of “Girl Power” premature, or even counterproductive, considering the reality of gender inequality?

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5 responses to ““Girl Power!”?

  1. I disagree with her statement: “There is not a society known where women as a group have decision making power over men as a group”.
    As Howard Zinn illustrates in the book The History of the United States,
    women in the Iroquois society were “important and respected. Families were matrilineal. That is, the family line went down through the female members, whose husbands joined the family, while sons who married then joined their wives’ families. Each extended family lived in a “long house.” When a woman wanted a divorce, she set her husband’s things outside the door.” In addition, “Families were grouped in clans, and a dozen or more clans might make up a village. The senior women in the village named the men who represented the clans at village and tribal councils. They also named the forty-nine chiefs who were the ruling council for the Five Nation confederacy of the Iroquois. The women attended clan meetings, stood behind the circle of men who spoke and voted, and removed the men from office if they strayed too far from the wishes of the women.”
    (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncol1.html)

    So, there are societies and cultures that respect and allow for adequate representation of women, however, in the modern day, it is very hard to find that equality.

    I do agree though, with everything else that she pointed out in the video.
    It’s sad, but true.

    Girl Power!

  2. Excellent addendum. Yes, there’s plenty of evidence contradicting her claim. Her style is all about being provocative. It seems like style took a backseat to substance in this instance.

  3. danacarpentieri

    I thought that this girl was a little harsh by calling Beyonce a liar and that she felt the need to call her out. Beyonce’s songs do have influence and empower women especially her anthem “Run the World Girls.” I would agree that according to sociologists girls are subordinate and girls do not really run the world since we are in a male dominated society. Women are universally dominated and she brings up a good point that sociologists look at women in relation to men who hold the dominant position in society. She absolutely invokes Gilman’s key principles to back up her theory. 90% of rape victims are female and 95% are domestic violence victims and these strong statistics really do not support girl power. The get your check line is absolutely truthful because women make less money than men. I agree with her and Beyonce that female sexuality is for sale and more objective than the way men are viewed in the media. They do disrespect women and dr dre’s lyrics back this up as well as her own husband Jay Z in his raps. It’s sort of hypocritical. I felt she was very persuasive however I still really like the song. The song I felt is empowering unless you look at women from a sociological standpoint rather than just listening for enjoyment.

  4. This video was definitely meant to get a reaction out of people, which it has obviously done. Although I do not agree with her calling Beyonce a liar, it is important to realize that she is recognizing that women are viewed as only sub-par to men. We can find multiple pieces of evidence to contradict her (there are many cultures where the female is worshipped) but we are looking at things in America, not on a global view. The current joke that guys tell girls is to “go back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich”. It’s kind of funny if you don’t hear it every day but it gets annoying and some people really believe that. I had an ex-boyfriend who told me if we were to get married at some point he would want to me to stay home and take care of the children.

    Even though women have won the right to do many things such as go to work and wear jeans (which is definitely taken for granted), there is still a long way to go. Things are getting better but the men that are now young adults are learning from men who grew up in the early 1960s and 1970s who learned from their mothers that women are “inferior” and that the man is the boss. There is definitely a clash between the ideas that men hold and the ideas that women hold – women believe that they are on equal footing with men while men believe the woman is around to clean up after him. Beyonce and Jay Z are a perfect example of these contradictory ideas.

  5. i understand several points that were made by the woman in this video and i understand where she was coming from where she spoke about how men are paid more than women for doing the same job or that most women are at risk for rape, etc. but her comments towards Beyonce’s song “Run the World” was a little over doing it. I think that Beyonce song was just to show women that they do have power and alot of it and to make them realize that they are capable of just about anything. Women were once inferior to men and many women around the world still are or mey feel that they are. Beyonce’s song was simply showing that women are not inferior to men nor do they have to be and hoping that the message would get across to as many women and people as possible.

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