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Music Video and the Politics of Representation$
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Diane Railton and Paul Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633227

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633227.001.0001

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Situating Music Video: Between Feminism and Popular Culture

Situating Music Video: Between Feminism and Popular Culture

(p.17) 1. Situating Music Video: Between Feminism and Popular Culture
Music Video and the Politics of Representation

Diane Railton

Paul Watson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter situates the music video between feminism and popular culture. The notion of postfeminism became a key weapon in the ‘pre-emptive strike’ that prevented feminism reaching its political terminus. Pink's ‘Stupid Girls’ is regarded as distinctly postfeminist. In terms of ‘Stupid Girls’, the video's own irony and playfulness is activated to drive home its critique of women who now have choices but use those choices to turn themselves into sexual objects. It is assumed that patriarchy is no longer a problem and that real choices can be freely made. Specifically in terms of music video, there are a number of important factors which bear on the ‘way they turn out the way they do’ and, moreover, how they make their meaning.

Keywords:   music video, feminism, popular culture, postfeminism, Stupid Girls, Pink, women

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