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.