Media tagged Femininity

Keri Hilson-Pretty Girl Rock

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In this 2010 video for her single “Pretty Girl Rock,” pop and R&B singer Keri Hilson delivers a message about being proud of one’s beauty. She transitions through a series of costumes, demonstrating the dominant popular music and fashion styles through various eras from American history. From the flashy headpieces of the 1920s to the sateen pajama suits of the 1990s, Hilson repeats the same refrain: “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful.”

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Key & Peele - Pirate Chantey

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            In this 2015 sketch by comedy duo Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a group of pirates sing about how they have interacted with women over the years. However, unlike most depictions of pirate chants, the lyrics to their song demonstrate feminist values and are respectful to women. The pirates sing about not taking advantage of women when they are intoxicated, about a women’s right to choose, and about not sexually objectifying women’s bodies. The main chorus of the song highlights the message of respecting women by saying, “we say ‘yo ho’ but we don't say ‘hoe,’ ‘cause ‘hoe’ is disrespectful yo.”

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Kid on Gender at Toys-R-Us

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In this user-uploaded video, four-year-old Riley is shown in the “girls” aisle of a Newburgh, NY, Toys-R-Us. She explains why princesses aren’t just for girls and superheroes aren’t just for boys. Filmed a few days before Christmas in 2011 by Riley’s dad on his cameraphone, the video and the precocious Riley quickly went viral; it was featured by innumerable blogs, picked up by The Huffington Post, and even aired on CNN. With passion and agitation, alternately slapping her forehead and transferring a Fred (from Scooby Doo) doll from hand to hand, Riley proclaims, “The companies who make these try to trick the girls into buying the pink stuff … Some boys like superheroes, some boys like princesses. So then why do all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different colored stuff?”

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Kylie Jenner Interview Magazine cover

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This 2015 cover of Interview, a fashion, art, and entertainment magazine, features able-bodied socialite and reality television celebrity Kylie Jenner posing in a wheelchair wearing a black leather bodysuit, choker, and heels.

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Lady Footlocker

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This commercial for Lady Foot Locker features a woman at the gym. She appears to be in competition with herself, pushing herself to work harder and do more. We hear her inner monologue as she chastises herself for not doing better. Her twin “better self” image is shown working out next to her at various machines throughout the gym, having a more toned body, doing more repetitions of exercises, and running more gracefully and for more distance and time on the treadmill. The end of the commercial features the woman without her imagined twin, throwing down her jump rope with an accompanying shout. A man working out nearby looks up at the sudden outburst, and then sneakers are shown, with a woman’s voice saying, “The shoes to push yourself. At Lady Foot Locker.”

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