Bom Chicka Wah Wah! May 17, 2007Posted by jsaffold in commercials, male gaze, Pussycat Dolls, sex sells, sexuality, stereotypes, tv.
Early this morning, I was dreaming about being on an airplane and the person next to me kept saying “Bom Chicka Wah Wah.” And then I woke up and realized that there was one of the new Axe deodorant spray commercials on t.v. and it was entering my consciousness and incorporating into my dream. See it for yourself… (more…)
Back-up Singer Blues? May 15, 2007Posted by rachaelg in Destiny's Child, Dixie Chix, Dreamgirls, En Vogue, female relationships, Girl Power, Pussycat Dolls, Shut up and Sing, Spice Girls, the Supremes.
Though it’s peripheral to the main plot, one comment struck me while I was watching Shut Up and Sing. They’re all in the recording studio and Martie brings up the common phenomenon of a band-mate’s envy of the lead singer. She talks about how bandmembers will feel unappreciated and angry, but how the lead singer can threaten to go solo. After a while, Natalie (the Dixie Chicks’ lead singer) jumps in (more…)
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While browsing youtube yesterday, my friend and I came across this music video from Japan:
Cheetah Girls- the new spice girls? May 4, 2007Posted by Melissa in bodies, Cheetah Girls, Female Power, female relationships, feminism, gender, general considerations, Girl Power, marketing gender, Pussycat Dolls, Spice Girls, tween market.
During a recent conversation with my little sister, she mentioned that her favorite music group at the moment was the Cheetah Girls. Intrigued, I looked them up online to discover that they were a disney creation, and hugely popular in the tween market. The group advocates sisterhood and girl power, much like the Spice Girls. What is noticeably different about this group however, is that this is the only group that advocates girl power being marketed toward the tween market that is age appropriate. (more…)
Pussycatdoll feminists (?) and rape April 4, 2007Posted by andyw in feminism, Pussycat Dolls, rape.
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This is a post about a personal experience that a (regular?) feminist has with a pussycatdoll feminist. I tried looking up what that term means, but I couldn’t find anything (maybe the author coined it?). It seems to mean young woman who self-labels as a feminist, attacks older feminists for being hated, and wears lascivious outfits. The author takes a really aggressive stance towards them, and most of the comments take a paternalistic (ironically enough) attitude towards them. Or at least that’s my characterization of the article (which is similar to a rant). Are pussycatdoll feminists an actual cultural phenomena? If so, are (more…)