I’ve always kind of been a fan of Pink, although most with her newest album I’m Not Dead. She radiates an understanding of herself I haven’t seen in ages. In Stupid Girls she looks at the stupidity of sex symbols as they’re depicted– big-chested, compliant blonds.
Nobody Knows is about the loneliness we all experience, and the clip demonstrates the effort it takes just to get up in the morning and appear normal. I think the expectation to be ‘normal’ applies to women far more then it does to men, and the appreciation of what it costs is far less.
And of course U and Ur Hand is about all those sleazy guys who crack onto women at pubs and clubs – women who have taken too much care in their appearance to give a frack about what that sleazeball wants or thinks. I know there’s a stereotype that women go out to clubs and pubs only to attract men, but in my experience, it’s been the opposite. I’ve known far more women who enjoy dolling themselves up for a night with the girlfriends (and only the girlfriends) then I have women who doll themselves up to look good for men. I thought that clip was a genius – even dressed in leather and bondage gear, her posture and attitude said she was her own woman. Pink is not here for your entertainment. And while I’m at it, neither are we.
From Misunderstood came Don’t Let me Get Me, about crippling insecurities. In one scene, she lashes out at a mirror, which sticks her nose out and makes ‘chicken gestures’ back at her. In another scene, she morphs from herself, to an overweight, middle-aged Asian woman, to a plain-looking Caucasian, to a young male. The point I took was that we all have insecurities over our image – even glamorous popstars.
When I see clips for Britney, Jessica Simpson, Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls and I see women who, for all their ‘look at me’ sexuality, are still only showing us what men want to see. When I see clips from Pink, I see a woman who owns her image and sexuality.