Saturday, 19 October 2013

Representation of girls in music videos

The common representation of a girl in a music video are that they are merely there to spice up the video and to keep the viewers watching. They are basically props for the male singer/band. They are normally there to dance around in sexy clothes or maybe even in no clothes what so ever to keep the audience attracted. Some recent music videos show this stereotype. For example Robin Thicke with blurred lines, where three girls are shown as slaves to the three male artists, they are wearing next to no clothes in one variation of the video, however in another, they are not wearing ANY clothes. The artists treat them as toys, they throw the girls around the studio, some may perceive this as prostitution.

 The girls in the videos provide pleasure to alot of male viewers, but to some this is becoming a big worry and that people are starting to dislike these sorts of video. The government in particular say that the videos have a very bad influence on young teens and teenagers in general. Their problem is they think that the videos will influence young male teens to treat girls and their girlfriend in this appalling way and the girls do not think this is wrong because this is all natural in "popular music videos". Some girls even go to the extent of acting like the girls in the video by wearing very revealing costumes. I agree with the critics 100% on this as a lot of studies show that they are correct and that it is very wrong for girls to be treated like this at a very young age.

The problem is spreading rapidly all over the media, for example in TV programmes, music videos, and magazines. The image of a typical girl is changing rapidly into a sex slave for all types of men, and now teenage girls do not care about it, some even aspire to be one of the girls in the videos.

In conclusion the image of a woman in a music video is wrong and should not be shown to everyone around the world, because the problem is already bad but if these crude videos internationalize then the problem will get greater.




What you have here is very good and you have responded well to the question, even posing your own questions. You have used examples solidly. 

T: Try to use more examples and key terminology (see VCOP Blog). Pick out all of the technical aspects (Mise-en-scene, editing, lyrics etc) and how they help you come to your conclusions.

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