So, the other day, I listened to 'Heart Attack' by Demi Lovato and my first impression was wow this actually sounds really cool, despite the whole "poppy" feel to it, which I don't personally prefer. Her vocal range is very diverse and she's clearly capable of using it, but here's my slight issue with the song.
I know focusing on a "lesson" or "moral" that we get from a song almost sucks the fun out of it, but by repeatedly singing it throughout the day and having it stuck in your head you are essentially digesting a certain message. In the end, no matter what the case is, you will end up memorizing it or even subconsciously complying with it. And with this particular song, I don't want that to happen. I don't have a problem with the song as a whole, but certain bits came to my attention:
"When I don't care
I can play'em like a Ken doll
Won't wash my hair
Then make'em bounce like a basketball"
Girls generally complain and preach about guys playing girls too much and how it's not right, but by outright saying that when you're not particularly interested in someone, you play them like a doll is unbelievably hypocritical. I mean, especially after everything Demi herself has been through the past year I thought perhaps she wouldn't condone such a message. If you don't want people to play with you as a gender, don't play with them. It's simple and logical.
I know that most civilized and intellectual people would look at this as just another pop song, because to be honest, picking on this song alone is pretty much isolating this particular artists when millions of artists have done that before her and will continue to do it after her. But I'm just using this as an example because it r-e-a-l-l-y gives off a message that I do not relate to or wish to oblige by.
"But you make me wanna act like a girl
Paint my nails and wear high heels
But you make me wanna act like a girl
Paint my nails and wear perfume"
Ah this also links to the previous time she said "Won't wash my hair".
I have one issue with this:
Young girls, teenage girls and women all should not feel obliged to dress up or look feminine simply because it is expected of them or desirable to the gender they are interested in or society as a whole.
You dress up for you.
You paint your nails for you.
You wear high heels for you.
You wear perfume for you.
I just don't like this recurring theme in most outlets in today's pop culture and media because it's giving young girls the idea that you do everything for people and this has the potential to develop into something much, much worse. Women lose respect or belief in themselves and don't know how to do something for themselves, instead feeling very selfish every time they do.
Ah, I have this problem with many forms of media, so that was just a little rant I wanted to share.