Monday, April 30, 2018

A Musical Counterpoint to Internet Misogyny

I decided that I would follow up yesterday's post with a musical coda...

One of the recording artists who caused my ears to perk up last year is Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, whose droll songs delivered in a deadpan style I found very amusing. Ms Barnett's new single, which incorporates Margaret Atwood's most famous quote, tackles online misogyny and its spillover into the real world:

The catchy melody belies the dark content of the lyrics, and the video images hilariously satirize the toxic internet culture which fosters misogyny, but one look at the comments on the video is enough to prove that Ms Barnett is one-hundred percent correct.


mistah charley, ph.d. said...

if one spends time watching true-crime tv shows on cable - and i don't suggest you should - one notes that the victims tend to be women and girls - not exclusively, but mostly

freud spoke of "penis envy" - but in terms of capabilities that would evoke feelings of envy, and fear, and hate, it's clear that the female power of bringing forth new life is so awesome that male-generated myth defensively reverses it - eve being made from adam's rib, so obviously a bass-ackward description of the miracle of birth - theodor reik discussed this

may the creative forces of the universe smile in our general direction

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I think it's a combination of men's sense of entitlement, a socialization in which violence is an acceptable response to conflict, and the simple fact that the average man is physically imposing than the average woman... though exceptions certainly exist.