“But I will look at women with influence—millionaire women who use their ‘sexiness’ to make money—and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between ‘shaming’ and ‘holding someone accountable’. […] Even if adult Miley and Nicki have ownership of their bodies, do the girls imitating them have the same agency? Where do we draw the line between teaching them freedom of sexual expression and pride in who they are on the inside? Are we even allowed to draw a line?”—Rashida Jones, Glamour.com: Why Is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything (via yaywomen)
“The thing that I found about writing is it’s wonderfully wasteful and that’s part of the usefulness of it. If you write every day, you’re going to write a lot of things that aren’t terribly good, but you’re going to have given things a chance to have their moments of sprouting.”—Nicholson Baker adds to our ongoing archive of indispensable advice on writing. (via explore-blog)
I’m beginning to think that current social commentary/criticism about Peeta Mellark being “weak” (Vulture, for example) is changing our understanding of “Team So-and-So”.
Just as The Hunger Games is really about “Team Katniss” (supporting her as a strong, female character and not about what boy she chooses), “Team Peeta” should also be seen as less about relationships and more about supporting the character for his strengths - strengths that aren’t typical of male characters.
“Find someone who makes you realize three things: one, that home is not a place, but a feeling. Two, that time is not measured by a clock, but by moments. And three, that heartbeats are not heard, but felt and shared.”—(via foreverphuong)
Get the Deluxe Version. The three songs make up for some of the lackluster.
The ballads make this album. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t often record ballads, but they really do provide that kind of personal element that has often been missing in most of her albums.
Personal? Not quite, but enough. I think they should have divided the album between Britney (As in “It’s Britney, Bitch”) and Jean (As in “Personal”) - that would have added a little bit of depth.
Worst song: “Chillin’ With You”. I was looking forward to this collaboration with her sister, but this is just a terrible song. No collaboration could save it.
Favorite songs: ”Alien”, “Til It’s Gone”, “Passenger”; “Don’t Cry”; and “Now That I Found You” (on the Deluxe album)
Irritating Grammar Error: It’s “Dance Until My Body Aches" Not "Ache". Maybe you’re trying to rhyme with "Radiate", but it was completely unnecessary. Aside from this, it’s a good dance song.
will.i.am should have been less involved. Enough said.
Overall: I’m a huge Britney Spears fan - I have always been a fan and I like the album overall. My main issue is that it’s a bit uneven and I’m not quite sure where it’s going overall. I wasn’t one to hold onto the whole “most personal album yet” - I think we got some of that, but I also feel like there was some holding back and reliance on formulaic songs that were likely to produce hits (which I don’t think quite worked since at this point it just sounds typical). I really loved all the ballads on this album and the less dance/more pop numbers - there’s a greater authenticity to them than her dance songs that we’ve gotten the last few albums.
tl;dr - Asian women are fetishized and sexualized to their detriment in our society. When Katy Perry puts on Asian culture to give her boring song performance an “exotic” flavor for a few minutes, she doesn’t have to deal with the the stigma of being an Asian woman for the rest of her life. She can take the metaphorical chopsticks out of her hair and resume life as a white woman immediately after the song ends. In those five minutes where she “played Asian”, however, she reified and normalized the white fetishization of Asian women and Asian culture. This fetishization harms the Asian women that are dehumanized as submissive sexualized objects, and has been proven to lead to violence against Asian-American women.
In this essay, I plan on making five key points:
1. Katy Perry’s “geisha” performance tonight was culturally appropriative.
2. There is a long history of mistreatment and ill-will towards Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans.
3. Western culture “otherizes” Asians by assigning all Asians certain characteristics.
4. Asian women in particular are fetishized. This sexualization of Asian women causes increased sexual violence against Asian-American women.
5. Racism against Asians is often swept under the rug because of the model minority myth, and that won’t change until we start to address racist acts head-on.
1. What happened tonight?
Katy Perry performed at the AMA’s tonight with a “geisha”-themed display that included a sexualized “geisha” costume (which people have pointed out also resembles a cheongsam), stunted pseudo-Asian dance/walking, cartoon Kabuki makeup on her backup dancers, lots of fans, people in “Oriental” costumes beating drums, rice paper screens, and lots of paper umbrellas. Here’s video of her performance and more pictures. Perhaps the most perplexing part about the performance was the fact that the song she performed, “Unconditional”, has no ties to Asian culture or aesthetics. Ms. Perry, however, does seem to have a fascination with Japanese culture. In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she said “I’m obsessed with Japanese people though”, and, speaking about a Japanese person (in the same interview), “I’m so obsessed, I want to skin you and wear you like Versace.”
“Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again
You know I only say it ‘cause I’m truly genuine
Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem
Baby girl, respect is just a minimum”—Lauryn Hill, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (via yaywomen)