“You Better Work Bitch”


Britney Spear has undoubtedly made her what, second or third comeback? Her latest video lets you know that she is back, and she still has it going on. Celebrating her new deal with Las Vegas Planet Hollywood, she debuted her new video, “Work Bitch”. Spears is portrayed as the “top bitch” in this video. The lyrics go something like, “If you want a hot body, you better work bitch,” and so on. She uses a whip slash to underline the “work” attitude. She is making these other women “work” for what she already has accomplished. There are very few men in the video. She is basically womanizing women in her video.

Society has deemed it ok for women to call other women bitch. It is now a term of endearment. I am not going to exclude myself from this category, I am guilty of using this word to refer to my fellow girl friends from time to time. Is it okay? Maybe not, but it is also not okay to refer to something stupid or lame as gay either. It is now part of the American vernacular, it is becoming more and more acceptable among women. For some it is a word of empowerment, and others are still trying to get used to being called such word; not wanting to fall under that category. I can see why, its not something that I would like my future daughter using to refer to her sister, cousin, or best friend, much the less, myself. Like I have said before, it is women’s responsibility to change this, especially women like Britney Spears that are role models and in the public eye. Certain girls have this idea that, “if Britney says its cool, then its okay for anyone to use it.”
I recently watched an interview with Britney were she said that there was a lot of footage that did not make it on the video. She thought it was too sexual, and she didn’t want to have that image, especially because she is now a mom of two. She also went on to say that unfortunately sex sells nowadays, so you have to have some content of that in videos.
The song is catchy, her body looks great, her moves aren’t so hot, but I have to hand it to her, she came out on top after her craze-dilusional two years. I will always root for women, especially if they had to struggle through something. So, good for her, I am glad that she is still doing what she loves.

This video makes me so mad. Aly describes the experience she had while she was walking home. There was a group of men that she encountered on the way to her apartment, and she could hear what they were saying as she was walking by. Things such as, “I know what I would do to her,” and how they wanted to rape her. She went on to make a video and post it on her site, describing her unfortunate experience. The feedback she received was what makes me really mad. Without knowing her, people automatically assume that because she is a woman, she was dressing provocatively and that is why she “invited” this experience upon herself. Another comment she received was, “its because you party too much,” why in the world would you deserve to get raped because you go out and have a good time (obviously not drinking to the point of blacking out), or you wear a dress. Women are allowed to wear whatever they want just like men, they are allowed to go out and have a few drinks just like men. Nothing justifies a woman being raped, nothing. The fact that people would think that women bring that upon themselves is such crap. Men are the ones that decided to commit the act, and yet, men are still the superior gender. The stigma that men are superior than women is just that, a stigma.

Unfortunately, I am sure that many women can relate to the video. I know that I can. Like I have previously said, I am Mexican. When I was younger, I would hate going to the Mexican market with my parents because men would stare at all times. Sometimes, you could hear their comments, other times you didn’t have to, their stare would be so hard that it was uncomfortable. I always expressed how much I hated going and would opt to stay in the car. My brother would always say that I was overreacting and that I wasn’t THAT pretty to be acting like I was ALL that. He had never experienced such discomfort, or those stares because he was a male. He also. He also didn’t understand that most of these men were here in the states working to send money to their families back home. They were alone, and just like all men, they had a need.

Women are unfortunately looked at as objects of desire. We are “helpless”, therefore, men can do whatever they want with us.


Opening argument about Robin Thicke’s controversial new video was: “Is this a parody?” First of, I can’t begin to think why this would be the question imposed. As a woman, my first logical reaction was, “ARE YOU KIDDING?!” What kind of woman does it take to compromise their imagine to this very obvious shrine of sexualization. OK, maybe I am being way too dramatic here, but it comes with the package. Whether or not Mr. Thicke is out of the music game, his attempt to come back into mainstream music was, unfortunately, a success. Successful because not only is it a big hit on the charts, but because women all over are agreeing to his song by singing along. Yes, you can say its a “catchy tune” but do women nowadays really stop and listen to what they are singing along to? It is not only Robin Thicke doing this, it is the majority of the music industry, and guess what? It is composed of mainly males.

What I was trying to understand is, why do women make it ok? Women in the entertainment industry have a big responsibility. They are being looked up to by thousands, even millions of girls around the world. To my understanding, most women in the industry play along with this sexualized image to make money. They are sending a message out to their audience, young or mature, saying that it is completely ok to be womanized and sexualized. Do they agree with it? Maybe not. Do most of them do anything about it? The majority doesn’t, they are reaping the benefits, but not realizing how damaging it can be for young audiences. Women’s self value and worth, in my opinion, is diminishing, more and more because of videos like this, and most importantly because women allow it.

Thicke took a big risk with his controversial video. I am sure he realized that backlash would be included with it. You see, with today’s society, backlash is what makes you the topic of discussion. If it’s controversial, it sells. If you are still talking about it two weeks after, then that publicists deserves a raise. I’m sure he’ll enjoy his fifteen minutes of fame.

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