Thursday, 14 November 2013

Lily Allen's Weak Feminist Stand

Lily Allen attempts to exploit some kind of outdated 'feminism' by defying irrelevant female stereotypes that a woman's place is in the kitchen, while undermining her own claim that "I don't need to shake my ass for you because I've got a brain" by getting her dancers to do it for her. Don't get me wrong, I think some of her points are spot on and I like that she tries to bring the patriarchal white, male voice behind the music industry to the foreground. Unfortunately, in her desperation to appeal to some sort of 'mainstream', Robin Thicke-hating feminism, she commercialises her argument and renders it half-hearted and flawed, not to mention more than a little racist. Why try to satirise the media when you're going to simultaneously bend over backwards to reach its standards?

Unfortunately, since this video has been intended as 'controversial', criticism of it will no doubt flood the media and drown out the voices of those who make the same point but in a more intelligent, convincing and simply better way. Three guesses to who I'm on about?