Girls Chasing Boys Chasing Girls
A tribute. And a commentary on changing times.
When I first saw “Simply Irresistible” years ago, it seemed pretty natural and normal. But after seeing Michaelson’s gender bending switch — and thu more feminist eyes — I see so much more.
In “Simply Irresistible” the girls are dolled up to passively attract.
In “Girls Chase Boys” it’s the guys:
Who is center stage and in control, and who is backdrop decoration?
These center-stage folks needn’t doll themselves up so much because they are empowered to actively pursue. Girls now chase boys.
But in this gender switch, Ingrid is still more sexually presented than Robert had been. And she’s got sexy boys and girls in the background. But then, the lyrics aren’t an about-face so much as egalitarian: “girls chase boys chase girls.” If everyone is free to chase, then everyone is free to attract, too.
Now, to our acculturated eyes, the fancied-up guys may repel more than attract. But maybe they just need the right makeup. (And make-up’s not the only way to attract!) But check out these pretty rock stars: Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran:
And Bret Michaels from Poison:
Here’s Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys”:
Thanks to my student, Amy, for sending the video to me.
Posted on March 26, 2014, in feminism, gender, objectification, psychology, women and tagged feminism, gender, Girls Chase Boys, Ingrid Michaelson, objectification, psychology, Roger Palmer, Simply Irresistible, women. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.