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Sadly, this is not an entirely mistaken view. An old girlfriend of mine once thanked me for smelling good. I figured cleanliness was kind of a minimum requirement. But she informed me that not all men were quite so fastidious or, I could have added, grateful. And use soap.
Songs by men that objectify women are a mainstay of popular music genres from hip-hop, to country, to rock and pop. The definition of objectification can be hard to pin down, but you know it when you hear it, and you hear it a lot.
In this atmosphere, songs that turn the tables and express female sexual interest in men can be refreshing antidotes to the toxic levels of testosterone in pop culture. More than that, they can be glorious, rebellious, liberating and even healing. Thankfully, there is a vibrant, if under appreciated, tradition of such songs.
From pointed reders to the ever-present stream of male opinions about women, their bodies and behavior to simple slices of the heterosexual or pansexual female id, we can only begin to survey this canon here. The songs on this list are about more than evening the score. On its surface, women singing about what they love about men might not seem like the most feminist thing in the world, but it really can be. Besides, everyone wants to be told when they look good, right?
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The song is the musical equivalent of elevator eyes, but it comes off as good-natured. High-heel boots? Painted-on jeans?
The unbelievably cute video, which features the country legend auditioning actors to be her leading man in a film, underscores the general idea. You can go way back, back to even Bessie Smith to find some of the earliest instances.
With all the talk about ringing bells, buttons, and sugar bowls, this s blues is a veritable junk drawer of sexual innuendo. A glance at the YouTube comments for this reveals that she is still making people blush almost a century later.
Mary Weiss gives voice to the teenaged female gaze via a lovingly detailed portrait of a delinquent dreamboat. This perfect specimen has unruly hair, dirty fingernails, tight pants and always looks bummed out.
Weiss revels in all of it. In her hands, the same tropes that seem so normal in any of songs by men are revealed for how morbid and even pathological, though maybe deeply human, they are.
It could be seen as an ambivalent celebration of the naughty ones. It not as straightforward as when Gloria Estefan sang about the bad boys that made her feel so good, just the year before.
The lyrics are mostly about respect, while the nasty groove is mostly about getting nasty. The bad boys can be as bad as they want, as long as they address her properly and respect her clearly established boundaries. With a band name like Candypants, you know you are in for some sass.
Is your type skinny, pale and bespectacled? Do your sexual fantasies involve Star Wars bed sheets and tighty whities?
Candypants gets you. Truth is, they all have her heartbeat running away. True love built on friendship can be very, very hot.
Lo drives home with this racy love song. Admittedly, she objectifies herself on this tune more than her beau with casual references to her legs and hourglass figure, but the video has become inseparable from the song, and it has another point to make entirely.
More dad bods, fewer plastic abs
As you can tell just from rolling the clips in this list, Lopez is far from the first female pop star to decorate a music video with lots of shirt-free beefcake, but the skit at the beginning of the video where Lopez laughs while shooting down a bunch of sexist concept for her video is beyond righteous and particularly poignant coming from an artist whose physique has sometimes eclipsed her music talent, at least in the minds of some. The satirical song is meant expose the racist attitudes in popular culture that hyper-sexualize Asian women, while portraying Asian men as undesirable. Peaches has long been and equal opportunity objectifier.
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