March 4, 2007Posted by kblack10 in Uncategorized.
I was recently thinking about Beyonce’s song “Upgrade You” when I came across one of Ciara’s new songs, “Like a Boy”. While each is supposed to carry a different message, I found both songs to simply be “upgrading” men. Both women act like “boys” as each dresses in “boyish” clothing, Beyonce when imitating Jay-Z and Ciara for the majority of her movie, yet unlike Beyonce’s lyrics which portray her as a trophy girlfriend who is happy with her role, the chorous of Ciara’s lyrics in which she says “Sometime’s I wish I could act like a boy” raises the question of why can’t she?? Some verses from the song are:
Wish we could switch up the roles/And I could be that.
Tell you I love you/But when you call I never get back
Would you ask them questions like me?
Like where you be at?/ Cause I’m out 4 in the morning
On the corna roll’n/ Do’n my own thing
What if I?…/Had a thing on the side?/Made ya cry?
Would the rules change up?…
Or would they still apply?…/If I played you like a toy?…
Sometimes I wish I could act like a boy
My main problem with the song is that it portrays a woman stating everything she she should be able and allowed to do, yet still limits herself from because of her sex. If Ciara took all the time to sing about what she SHOULD be able to do, I’;d like to see a second part of the video called “Actually Being Like a Boy Because it’s My Right”. I suppose some might say that this is a statement of “girl power” because Ciara is “so bold” to be putting everything out on the table and taking a stand….but all I see is another woman who is well aware that she is being treated unfairly, and doing nothing to rectify her situation. Here’s the video: