I put this article in ‘Women Musicians’, even though I would not consider the Pussycat Dolls to be musicians, or artists, or anything else that denotes credibility [admin's note: then we changed the category to "women in music video", which does not exclude the talent-free]. I recently saw the clip for their single, Wait a Minute. It mainly consisted of them starting out fully clothed, before prancing onto a train and taking off their clothes, using the poles to perform a strip routine against. They end up strutting down the street and draping themselves provocatively over a car, all while the group’s token male acts like a pimp.
And the disturbing this is, this clip was little more then a carbon copy of the Dolls previous clips – you could interchange it with Buttons or I Don’t Need a Man. Everything I’ve seen of them involves them stripping and posing provocatively, with the lone man running the show.
Now, I don’t actually have a problem with provocative behaviour. I’ve seen Pink and Madonna pushed the boundaries of sexuality and image. The difference to me is that they’ve always seemed in control of their sexuality, making their audience think and question their values on image and sexuality. Instead, groups – I refuse to call them artists – like the Dolls appear to be conforming to male expectations of sexuality; coy looks, submissive stances despite purposeful striding – as if to say I may appear independent, but really, I’m all yours.
And of course, we never see video clips where stunning men prance around in next-to-nothing, acting submissive and coy. Because, you know, that would be beneath their dignity.
Pity it’s not beneath the dignity of the Dolls and their ilk.