Jessie J “Do It Like a Dude”

 

What’s up, empowering lady anthem?

Since being introduced to “Do It Like a Dude” by Jessie J, it’s been shamelessly playing on repeat. It’s really exciting to watch women in mainstream music put out songs that are about more than love and heartbreak. It seems like pop is finally “getting it” again and exploring issues of substance, which is crucial given that many of the artists have young fan bases. These songs give them something to wrap their minds around and possibly question why things are a certain way.

Take Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” “Run the World (Girls),” and “If I Were a Boy” for example. The first two are straight-up girl power on steroids (in a good way), while the latter questions what life would be like if the roles were reversed. “Irreplaceable” could also fall into the first category. Let’s not forget Rihanna’s countless pro-lady hits. Popular female artists are kind of on a roll these days, transforming even the biggest indie music snob into a respectful fan.

Enter “Do It Like a Dude.” While the song itself is undoubtedly bad ass and fun, the music video lacks a message containing any insight on what’s really going on here. Instead, we’re presented with a parody of sorts, that ultimately degrades the male sex to a certain level. All in good fun, of course.

Watching disheveled girls participate in cliche “manly acts,” such as fighting, playing poker, smoking cigars, and vulgarly eating meat is nothing more than a literal interpretation of “what it would be like” to be a guy. While the song still rocks, the video seems like a missed opportunity to do something a bit more moving.

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4 thoughts on “Jessie J “Do It Like a Dude”

  1. Interesting video–and by “interesting”, I mean “hot lesbians”. Especially the two at 1:44 and 1:46…would like to see how that “fight” played out…as for the MESSAGE, I think the parody is the point. As in, “yes, I can grab my crotch and act macho just like you. Tell me again why you think this is worthwhile?”

    I actually don’t like song lyrics like those of “Single Ladies” and especially “Irreplaceable”, as they seem to promote a very mercenary view of relationships–my favorite girl power anthems are the economic ones, like Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women”, Pink’s “Most Girls”, or for that matter Buju Banton’s “Paid Not Played”, a celebration of same from the guy point of view. I like songs about love and heartbreak though, would actually prefer to hear more of that from guys in the pop world instead of bragging about their selves. Reminds me of the Rihanna-Chris Brown debacle and why Rihanna will always be the bigger star–he beats her face in, photos are released, they both release solo “comeback” albums, and guess what? Her big singles are hauntingly insightful explorations of what it’s like to be in an abusive relationship. His is a throwaway song about how all the girls jump on his dick. Really.

    • Hahaha. I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I really like your point about the video. I see what you’re saying about the kinds of relationships some songs have a tendency of promoting. And I also agree that I’d love to see some new perspective from the gentlemen in popular music. I just recently became a Rihanna fan, but all I’m saying is that she wins.

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