Last summer, Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” stirred up a firestorm of criticism. No, not because it was unlawfully reminiscent of a certain Marvin Gaye tune, but because — as hundreds of academics, critics, and feminist bloggers pointed out — the song was practically the summer anthem for rape culture, even getting banned on a number of college campuses in the UK.
It also inspired (or whatever the opposite of inspired is… provoked?) a bunch of satirical videos in response, like this one, and this one, and this one, videos that play with expected gender portrayals in pop culture.
Now CD Baby artist Ingrid Michaelson is doing something similar with her latest music video (though not directly in response to Robin Thicke’s song). “Girls Chase Boys,” the first single from Michaelson’s forthcoming album Lights Out (due in April) is presented as “an homage” to Robert Palmer’s classic “Simply Irresistible” — but homage or not, the striking substitutions in her video contain an inherent critique of our gender expectations.
‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys, we all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.
All this talk of gender aside, the song is just well-produced and super catchy. So check it out for yourself (video above)!
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