Almost 200,000,000 people have watched the Gangnam Style video. It’s weird and funny and has a catchy song, but it includes the sexual objectification of women, as do WAY too many music videos. I just watched the season premiere of Saturday Night Live and one skit included a spoof of the video. Even though it was abbreviated, they were sure to include the “staring at women’s butts” scene. Disappointing.
This kind of harmful mass messaging helps normalize street harassment and disrespect for women. It’s not okay.
Update: Someone on Facebook shared a link to this article about how the video – including the sexual objectification of women – is satire. But how many of the nearly 200,000,000 people will know that? I’d bet that for most, it’s just one more image that goes into their brain and helps normalize sexual objectification.
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