Media tagged Gender Inequality

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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Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg’s Awkward interview on Funny or Die

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In this video created by Funny or Die, actors Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) interview one another as a promotion for their 2015 film American Ultra. Quickly, it becomes apparent that the questions posed to Jesse reflect what is commonly asked to actresses—such as personal and probing questions about the body, romantic and sexual relationships, and clothing --while those asked of Kristen are more commonly asked to actors-- personal interest questions such as favorite sports teams or what the actor was like in high school. This piece takes a comedic and uncomfortable look at the inequitable way men and women are interviewed and reported on by celebrity news through its use of contrasting questions such as “Who is your favorite sports team?” vs. “Are you pregnant?” with the intention of drawing public attention to the disparities. 

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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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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Miss America pageant

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In this 2014 excerpt from HBO's late night satirical news program,Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver targets the longstanding Miss American Pageant. Oliver critiques the pageant’s adherence to outdated traditions and beauty rituals, wondering why such entertainment still exists today. He points to the double standards and contradictions central to the pageant's criteria and rules which require women to be unmarried, childless, show off their bikini bodies, as well as answer extremely complex foreign policy questions. Oliver goes on to question the organization's non-profit status and its claim to be the world's largest provider ($45 million) of scholarships to women. While research by Oliver and his staff proves that these numbers are indeed inflated and misleading, he also concedes that no other organization gives as much to female-only scholarships, asking viewers who are invested in change to consider searching out and donating to other such scholarships.

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Ludacris - Area Codes

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This music video for the song “Area Codes” by rapper Ludacris, featuring Nate Dogg, was released in 2001. The song is about the alleged numerous women dispersed across the world -- their locations indicated by their United States telephone area codes -- with whom Ludacris has either had sex with, or would be readily available for sex if he were to call. The chorus repeated throughout the song is, “I’ve got hoes, I’ve got hoes, in different area codes, area codes, area codes. I’ve got hoes.” The primary imagery of the video features Ludacris, a plane and several scantily-clad women with area codes emblazoned across their tight-fitted, cropped shirts or bikinis, dancing suggestively in high heels. The music video also features clips from Rush Hour 2, an action comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, since the song was part of the movie’s soundtrack. During the Rush Hour 2 scenes that flash through the music video, Ludacris raps lyrics such as “I bang cock in Bangkok,” “I’m the thriller in Manilla,” “Schlong in Hong Kong.”

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