In 2006 the singer/songwriter Alecia Beth Moore, more commonly known as Pink, released a new song titled Stupid Girl’s. The song and its music video became an immediate hit with girls across America and I, being about thirteen at the time, was no exception. In the music video a young girl is innocently watching television. However, most of what she is seeing portrays women in a sexual way. Only twice does she see a woman discussing politics or a woman playing sports. At the end of the video it is up to the little girl to choose between doing what she loves and doing what society labels “normal”.
It would be a lie to say girls of the twenty-first century are not influenced by the media. I know from experience that growing up many girls get the impression that they need to change who they are; That they are not good enough and they need to be better. According to The Sun , a United Kingdom website, the “ideal” girl is slim but big breasted, kind but sexy, and is all about the family. So basically if you don’t fit into that category something is OBVIOUSLY wrong with you. Am I Right?
Pink’s song, Stupid Girl’s, is so influential because of the fact that it shows there is no absolutely perfect girl and that through trying to be “ideal” many girls lose who they are. In an interview with MTV Pink says that consumerism “diverts us from thinking about women’s rights… it stops us from thinking in general”. The release of this song, and video, got millions of girls thinking about what it means to be a woman in today’s society. Pink helped show that being a girl who is labeled an “outcast” or “ambitious” is perfectly fine as long as you’re doing what makes you happy. If more women start analyzing the difference between what they are told and what is reality they could make a difference just as Pink did.
Those who have taken Women’s Studies will know that the media is predominately controlled by men and that often times we are showed their perspective of women. So often we hear women complain about these unrealistic representations. Why then do we change ourselves to be more like this unrealistic woman that man created? This is the question I hope to eventually answer.