I find the backlash against this video confusing. To me it’s the most ethnically and body diverse video I have seen in a while. Every art style showcased is shown with respect. I never want to presume to tell someone what is and isn’t offensive, but if twerking is a legitimate dance style equal to all the others shown, them showing it as it’s usually done shouldn’t be that offensive.
I have heard people say in reference to this video, that black women are shown to be only good at shaking their asses and being props. When in this video they are, modern interpretative dancers, two ribbon twirlers, 4 out of 6 hip hop dancers, a cheerleader, 2 singers and I can’t even tell how many in the final line up of goofy dancers. And there are even more POC in the form of men.
They say the hip hop girls and the women of color are props, because you never see their faces, or they are decoration for Taylor. But many times, they are separate from Taylor, showing their skills and faces. Allowing a chance to shine, and show how damn good they are. And allowed at the end to let loose and be silly.
The joke is on her, and the most iffy bit where she crawls underneath their legs. She seems in awe of their skills. And it seems less trying to be sexy then playing on physical symbolism to tie to the music, the talented ladies who shake their rumps do it often to “Shake, Shake, shake”. As well a playing on a trope that has seen before, but this time the protagonist just looks awkward.
The only part of the video that doesn’t have black women is the ballerina section. I am not familiar with the director, but considering how diverse the rest of the video is, I won’t jump to the conclusion he purposefully excluded WOC in that section to make a point about white women being graceful or pure (not my words) but instead didn’t think that it be a problem to have the dancers he chose there.
And I doubt it’s commentary that WOC can’t be graceful as a ballerina, considering two WOC ribbon twirlers easily kick the ballerina butts when it comes to poise and grace and unlike the ballerinas actually get several opportunities to dance separate from a group.
Anywho. I am generally not a fan of Taylor Swift. She had two lines in her songs that I thought were immature, but she was young at the time and they weren’t really malicious, just ignorant. But that’s not why I didn’t like her, her music just wasn’t my thing.
But I greatly enjoy this song, with its fresh sound and beautiful brass instruments and the video does make me happy and hopeful. I saw a cheerleader who wasn’t a size six, and people of all colors, shapes and sizes and to me it felt like a celebration of talent and individuality and just going with the flow. It’s my new happy song, and I needed it this week :)Edit: also people complain saying her rapping is terrible. I am pretty sure it’s terrible since she is not rapping, but doing a cheer. Because she is imitating a fricking cheerleader, stereotypical valley girl voice and all.
I felt so angry at the UCSB massacre (an article about this incident and a script of his video’s speech) and the sexism we’re blind to everyday so I drew about my opinions on sexism to channel my rage.
I’m very happy the #YesAllWomen tag is going strong on U.S. Twitter right now. :D
This is glorious and even thought it doesn’t fit in the range of all the paranormal, I MUST share
It works like this: You tell Kitestring that you’re in a dangerous place or situation, and give it a time frame of when to check in on you. If you don’t reply back when it checks your status, it’ll alert your emergency contacts with a custom message you set up.
It doesn’t require you to touch anything (like bSafe) or shake your phone (like Nirbhaya) to send the distress signal. Kitestring is smarter, because it doesn’t need an action to alert people, it needs inaction.
reblogging because this is seriously amazing.
This is Scarlett Johansson at a beach in Hawaii.
She is one of the most gorgeous women in the world and a huge sex symbol. She isn’t totally skinny, she only has a thigh gap if she stands with her legs apart and she has cellulite and stretch marks on her thighs and butt. Does she give a fuck? No!
Regardless of all this, she’s absolutely gorgeous. There’s nothing wrong with cellulite, or stretch marks, or not having a perfectly flat stomach, you are beautiful and these things are normal.
I just wanted you all to see somebody who isn’t “perfect”, is still incredibly beautiful and doesn’t care about her stretch marks.
This legitimately just made me feel 1,000x better. I am a perfectionist about every aspect of my life, and sometimes it’s hard for me to recognize that nobody is or can be perfect.
she didn’t say ‘because i am the best woman there was!’
she doesn’t claim to be ‘not like other women’
she doesn’t villify other women and suggest that she’s an exception
she calls dat shit out
Yeah in fact the first time I saw the movie I was surprised because I thought that she was going to say “because I’m the best woman” or something like that